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

« Faire partie d’une société, c’est aussi accepter certains de ses codes, comme mettre un chapeau sur sa tête plutôt que sur son coude ou s’asseoir sur une chaise plutôt que sur une table… Mais encore faut-il avoir envie de faire partie de la société, pas vrai ? »
—  Clément Bénech, Un amour d’espion

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.”

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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)

The Dead Romans Society - Dads & daughters

  1. Tullia and Cicero: Tullia, or Tulliola, as Cicero affectionately used to call her, was Cicero’s beloved daughter. She is constantly mentioned in his letters to his family members and to Atticus, in which Cicero shows a deep heartfelt love for her and describes her as a sweet, good natured girl. When she died prematurely after a pregnancy in 45 BC he was devastated by the grief; in one of his letters to Atticus he wrote “I have lost the one thing that bound me to life”.
  2. Perilla and Ovid: One of the many elegiac epistles Ovid sends from his exile in Tomis is addressed to Perilla (Tristia 3.7), a girl Ovid had tutored since her childhood and a poetess. Ovid talks of her showing paternal affection (he uses, for example, expressions like “utque pater natae”, “(I’ve been to you) like a father to his daughter”), but it is unclear whether she was an actual adoptive daughter or just a particularly beloved pupil, most likely the daughter of a (woman) friend of his. What is clear is that Ovid deems her a very talented poet, and that to him she was as dear as a daugher, regardless of family bonds.
  3. Erotion and Martial: Some of the saddest epigrams by Martial (Ep. 5.34, 5.37 and 10.61) talk abouta little girl, most likely the child of some of the house servants, who died at the age of five. Although the poem is short, it sounds sincerely heartfelt.

anonymous asked:

theres a verse in the new testament that says a man shouldnt have sex with other men, how would u refute this?

This kind of question has a lot of layers to it, actually, because we have to talk about Christian ethics in relation to the Bible. What is the Bible? Is it really just an instruction manual on how to behave? Like, are Christians supposed to just read the Bible and do what it says? I don’t agree with that interpretation in the first place, so just because the Bible says something, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do what it says, especially since the broader Biblical message is extremely anti-oppression, and gay people are clearly oppressed by hetero-normativity. The Bible is a sacramental and sacred work that contains the eternal truths sufficient for salvation - yes - but it is also a collection of writings by humans with limited human intentions. So let’s look at this verse in depth. I assume you’re talking about Romans 1: 26-27

So Paul is writing this letter to the Christians in Rome. Right away, we have a context that could shed some light on this. This is a letter to a particular group of Christians in a particular time. And what is this section of the first chapter about? It’s mostly Paul just rattling off on all of the ways that Roman culture is bad. In that description, he includes men having sex with men as an example of Roman depravity. He also includes pretty much every other thing you could imagine, saying that the Romans were “filled with every type of wickedness.” He then goes on to say, notably, in the first verse of the next chapter, that the Christians shouldn’t judge the Romans for their wickedness, because by doing so they would condemn themselves, since the Christians are doing the “very same things.”

The early Christians were heavily persecuted by the Romans and general Roman society (because their beliefs were essentially treasonous against the Roman emperor), so it is understandable that Paul has this rant against the Romans, although he definitely shouldn’t have used their homosexuality as a point against them. The real question is, why are we treating this rant as if it speaks to a universal truth about the nature of God and relationships? How does this fit in to our understanding of God as Love, as defined in the Gospels? Does Jesus ever, at any point in His ministry, alienate people from his discipleship because of perceived sexual indecency? No - but He does take people to task for doing that all the time.

I honestly think you can write this off as a mistake of Paul, not understanding the universal nature of God, and assuming that certain elements of Roman culture (which was an imperialistic culture that was killing them, remember) were bad that really weren’t. Paul gets a lot of things wrong. The early Christians fought with Paul all of the time about the things he was getting wrong. Paul himself says that he’s wrong in his own letters, and he cautions people that when he isn’t speaking with love, you shouldn’t listen to him.

Can the fruits of LGBT bigotry EVER result in love? I think the answer is clearly and definitively no. God is Love, and God loves everybody for who they love, and how they express themselves. That’s the only attitude that has ever been shown to increase the amount of love around us - and remember, that’s the presence of God. 

So if my historical sources are telling me the truth…

…and I’m synthesizing the history properly…

…then, in fact, the entire edifice of Western civilization – all the cultural, social, and philosophical structures that define the world in which we live today – can be traced back to a stupid loophole in Roman inheritance law.

NOTE: Everything here is taken either from Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order or from a Livejournal post by the Infamous Brad that I am currently unable to find.  I get credit for absolutely nothing, except noticing the connection between Section II and Section III. 

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anonymous asked:

I think the whitewashing issue with Pompeii was that the main character was supposed to be a slave, but he was white?

Aaand this just proves that people know absolutely nothing about Roman society. Because back then, slavery had precisely nothing to do with skin color.

Romans would take slaves from whatever land they conquered. Whether it was anywhere in Africa or Asia or across Europe, it didn’t matter. You were captured in war, you were sold on as a slave. That’s it.  Being white as a lily would have changed nothing. Roman citizens who did not pay back their debts could become slaves.

In short, slavery didn’t work the way it did in the US everywhere in the world at all times, and people who know absolutely nothing about other countries’ history should STFU if they’re not going to make the effort to fact-check their dumb assumptions.