sack of jerusalem

Guys if you never read the Roman Mysteries series you missed out they are some of the greatest kids books ever i swear to god i mean it’s four kids gallivanting about the roman empire solving mysteries, it’s so historically accurate it hurts and the story manages to get the characters involved in most of the big events in roman history it a way that totally works, and did you say representation bcus holy shit are these books full of it - from the beautiful, kind, gentle, slave girl Nubia to a family of Jews (whose stories are greatly affected by the persecution of jews in the roman era, including the sacking of Jerusalem) to a mute homeless boy who is an incredible artist, I mean these are kids books, which are hardly known for having great representation in them. They have platonic friendships between boys and girls, they have exiting storylines, they have DOGS, they have pirates and prophets and emperors and gladiators, seriously there isn’t one problem with these books they are genius.

OH and it was a pretty incredible TV show. Yeah. Its fucking amazing.

So last month Netanyahu had a state visit to Moscow. Putin gifted him a historical copy of ‘The Jewish War’, a firsthand account of what the jews love to call the first Shoah, the suppression of the judean revolt and sacking of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Now you can have a variety of opinions about Putin and his motivations, but I think he’s probably jew-wise. Now it could be suggested that he gave the book as a warning not to overplay your hand, or play your people’s games too hard on the goyim. But the jew doesn’t think like that, not at all. Netanyahu and by extension world jewry probably saw it as a threat, a clear and present threat of ancient crimes by the state that holds a tenuous claim on the legacy of the Roman Empire.

Now suppose in response they ramp up their efforts to co-opt the current leader of their client state, these events could put the other events that have happened (The health care bill debacle, Bannon being ousted, Kushner taking the lead) in perspective. The events in Syria, especially with Soros’ puppets being in front, back, and middle of this ‘chemical attack’ are just putting a nice red cherry on the top of this rather grotesque sundae.

Tonight marks the beginning of Tisha B'Av, a day of mourning and fasting in Judaism for the destruction of both temples, the sacking of Jerusalem, the expulsion of the Jews from their homeland by invading empires, and other Jewish tragedies which coincidentally fell on this day. It’s traditional to read the book of Lamentations in remembrance of these national tragedies and the lives that were lost.
Most modern non-Orthodox Jews don’t observe this fast-day, but if you are, I hope you have an easy fast.

“One rich and noble woman, whose name was Mary, the daughter of Eleazar, being stripped of all she had, by the seditious, killed her own child, and dressed it, and ate part of it; and the other part being found by the soldiers that broke in upon her, the news of this shocking fact was spread all over the city, and every one looked with horror upon it, and with the same compassion, as if they had done it themselves: and then might those words be said, “blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare"”

samiholloway  asked:

Why do you think so many fantasy books are set in a sort of generic European middle ages? What do you wish would be included in those books to make them less generic and more specific and realistic? (or even just weirder? there must be weird real-life stuff writers miss?)

Here are some ramblings. Three words: castles, dragons, and war! The Middle Ages were SO long (+/- 1,000 years), and a lot happened: Rome fell, crusades went down, peasants were EVERYWHERE, knights maraudered, monks/nuns were quietly studying away, plague kept coming back, and MONGOLS/VIKINGS. 

Even during the MA, people were fascinated with their own recent history, reimagining the past set within the guise of the present. In this post’s images, the Italian writer Boccaccio recounts how Emperor Titus (dressed as the Holy Roman Emperor) sacked Jerusalem. The margins are filled with hybrids and monsters (look for the dragon or the monkey lute player), and a sad story of a mother who ate her baby (cannibalism). The harsh realities of life during the medieval period, combined with some of the most awesome historical events ever, plus castles/dragons/war appeal to our sense of nostalgia and wonder.

 Also, today’s cinema is yesterday’s illuminated manuscript.