roman society

college is just as ridiculous as everyone thinks it is

last term i was 35 minutes into the first day of a roman society class and there was this dude eating burritos in the third row, and the prof asked him a question and the dude just went “i would love to answer, but it just occured to me this is NOT honours environmental economics” and stood up and left


A collection of Black Books of Hours

  1. Black Hours, ca. 1475 (Morgan Library, New York)
  2. Horae beatae marie secundum usum curie romane, ca. 1458 (Hispanic Society of America)
  3. Black Hours of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, ca. 1466-1476 (Austrian National Library)
  • my friends: What does Latin help you do in everyday life?
  • me: Aside from generic answers to this particular inquiry pertaining to high profile academic jobs that lead to capitalistic gain, Latin as a language helps me in a number of ways. Along with helping me develop a deeper understanding of Ancient Greco-Roman society, it also allows me to improve my English vocabulary, as well as convey my points in essays and discussions more eloquently.
  • my friends: Ok cool how do you say "fuck this pussy" in latin

The Dead Romans Society - There are worst things than Suetonius

Notes on this comic:

  1. Catullus, Lucretius and Sappho obviously were born before Christians were a thing. But here it is implied that much time has passed, and they got to know Christians too (the sections of this afterlife communicate with each other, and an author always knows when someone wrote about them)
  2. In his Chronicon Jerome also writes a few lines on Lucretius. Of him Jerome says that he died by his own hand, after having gone crazy because of a love potion. This notion is obviously fake (although I do not reject the suicide part), and it really sounds like a Christian mockery of Lucretius’ ideas.
  3. Tatian the Syrian is an early Christian author who vehemently opposes pagan authors in his writings, and he does write strong insulting words about Sappho.
  4. About the last panel: I added Origen, because I could not resist. Origen, together with Jerome, is my favorite Early Christian author. His reception has a very troubled history; he will heavily influence his successors (even in Middle Ages), but he will be considered a heretic. Jerome, after a first period in which he admires Origen’s works (he will use his Hexapla a lot) and ideas, abruptly rejects him with incredible aggressiveness. Let’s give Origen a bit of revenge. And about Lucian, well, he does not like Christians very much.

My tattoo says‎ مختلف (mukhtalif) meaning “Different”.

My mom always told me “it’s ok to be different and always be yourself, there’s nothing wrong with being YOU.”
People may hate you for being different and not living by society’s standards but within themselves they wish they had the courage to do the same. Just live your life how you wanna live it and don’t change for nobody.

Romans 12:2
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

The celestial spaces betwixt the long arc of night
Let fall their pretty spiraled necks into ammonite
Lay here frozen in aphelion rotation
You would belong to the velvet black,
if she would have you.

I am Pontius Pilate, condemning crucifixion to
clinquant fakes imitating Heaven’s galaxies
I get that mad clawing ache of sensory
overload & the beauty here offers no tangible

I would exist as close to the sky with less lies
Stealing the shimmering brilliance
of other’s eyes
Constellations do not end and begin like that;
We are making up shapes in our mind,
Filling the void with pretty sacrilegious painted
charts and pointed arrows.

—  Tangible Physicality - V.V.

Project 25: City Flag - Los Angeles

I chose to rethink the city flag of Los Angeles. The current flag doesn’t follow many of the conventions of what would be deemed as a ‘successful’ with it’s seal and all. Coming from a place like Chicago where the city flag is EVERYWHERE, I firmly believe that a flag is meant to be embraced and celebrated as it represents a piece of where you are from or where you are at the moment.

My rethinking of the LA city flag is an evolution rather than a re-invention. I decided to use the unique characteristic of the current city flag, the zig-zag patterns, as a starting point. I think the zig-zag effect from the original flag captures the appropriate spirit and represents the cultural history of LA. I wanted to simplify the use of the diagonals, while also making them more impactful and impressionable. In order to do this, I used fewer yet much larger diagonals so that there was a clear focal point and not just a nice pattern.

The colors of the flag are representative of the cities background: red - vineyards, green - olive trees, and gold - orange groves. I ever-so-slightly tweaked the colors so that they weren’t so heavy-handed and bit more complimentary of each other. 

Lastly, I added two notches to the flag - on top and bottom. The intention behind the notches was to not only accentuate the diagonal and dynamic design of the flag, but also to be unique and identifiably ‘Los Angeles’ through only the silhouette.

I wanted to think about this project holistically, showing how elements of the flag could be used and apply to civic-centric design centered around neighborhoods, awareness campaigns, and even festivals.

I hope y’all enjoy!


 Dead Romans Society Fancast: Louis Garrel as DANTE

Collaboration with the lovely chelidon​, who gave the idea, the palette and gave me the chance to make some graphic!

Beginning with the Poeta, Romans following! And for whomever didn’t know this fancomic: I suggest you to go and read it (HERE!), it’s really marvellous! *^*

Catullus | Horatius | Vergilius | Lucretius | Petronius | Seneca | Ovidius | Cicero

(the graphic is mine, the photographs were found on Google Images. None of them belong to me: if the owner is reading, contact me and I’ll credit you! :) )

O-O-Ovidius aka Roman Rasputin

(it’s not a sing-along, me and enigma-57 have fucked up the metrum)

There lived a certain man in Rome long ago
He was soft and curly, in his eyes a flaming glow.
Most people found his poems intriguing but highly disturbing
But to Roman chicks he was such a lovely dear.
He could freestyle poems in a second,
Full of ecstasy and fire;
But he also was the kind of teacher
Women would desire 

lover of the Roman gals,
There was a cherub that really was gone
Rome’s greatest love machine,
It was a shame how he carried on 

He slept with half of Rome and never mind August
For in art of Venus he was really optimus
He taught everyone how their lovers should be pleased
But he was real great when he had a girl to squeeze.
For his wife he was no wheeler dealer
Though she heard the things he’d done.
She knew he was a great poet
Who deserved his fame.

lover of the Roman gals
There was a cherub that really was gone
Rome’s greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on

(But when his poetry and lusting and his hunger
For love became known to more and more people,
‘I need to do something about this outrageous
Man’, decided Octavian…)

‘This man just got to go!’, declared Augustus
But the ladies begged ‘Don’t you try to do it, please’
No doubt this Ovidius had lots of hidden charms
Though he was a kind of dick they just fell into his arms
Then one night one man of higher standing
Set a trap, he is to blame
‘Now fuck off to Romania’, Octavian ordered
And he really did.

lover of the Roman gals
He burned his poetry and cried
Rome’s greatest love machine
He sailed there and said ‘I want to die”

lover of the Roman gals
He didn’t quit and continued to write
Rome’s greatest love machine
But he stayed with barbarians till he was dead


anonymous asked:

Was Caesar a good ruler?

He was… definitely at least a bit egotistical… but in terms of Roman society I’d say he was “good.” His man management skills were certainly excellent, as was his ability to construct a persona of authority and gravitas. Much like Napoleon, he instinctively understood what made the plebians tick.