still loyal to the past

anonymous asked:

hi can you please explain why thais had to have been involved in the burning of the persepolis palace? im just wondering because im so for kickass women from antiquity :D thanks (:

IN short, we know that thaïs was involved because the sources report it, but the nature of her involvement is what’s interesting: while the sources say that burning persepolis was her idea, it’s actually more likely that alexander asked her to help him carry out the nefarious let’s-burn-persepolis plan. and – obviously – she said yes.

so: 

what is reported (notably in plutarch and arrian, among others): persepolis, 330. CRAZY FUCKING party at the palace. berlusconi would balk at it. wolf of wall street pales in comparison. I’M TALKING drugs, drinking, courtesans, ptolemy’s fucking duct taped to the ceiling, hephaestion making it rain on a pole dancer. craterus? BREAKDANCING. then thaïs, an athenian, probably drunk and high, says HEY, you know what would be a great idea? to BURN THIS PLACE TO THE GROUND in revenge for what happened to my homeland in the persian wars. macedonians had extremely hot blood and, not knowing the difference between a good time and a let’s call the cops my friend has alcohol poisoning time, were like HELL YEAH! HELL YEAH! and alexander threw a torch, and then thaïs threw a torch, and then everyone was throwing torches, and then surprise all of this was very bad for their public image. when everyone sobered up they said they were extremely sorry and all the historians, chief among them ptolemy, promptly tried to gloss it over. and that’s why the official record says, persepolis? drunken night of debauchery, very sorry, we’ll pay for a new carpet.

but in the words of mac mcdonald, history is a LIAR sometimes .

what really happened: is… complicated. we don’t know the whole story, and unless ptolemy i soter, chilling downstairs in hell rn, decides to squeal to the next guy who dante’s himself down there, we never will. but there were some big policy issues at the time, three big policy issues, which i mentioned in that last ask. combine that with the fact that alexander rarely (like, RARELY) did anything as big as razing a city without planning it – especially a city that was so ancient and had so much clout – there’s no way that the burning of persepolis went down the way alexander wanted us to think. there’s no way that it was the result of thaïs’ drunken suggestion at an out of control party. knowing alexander, persepolis was meticulously planned. 

so what PROBABLY happened? alexander and his inner circle sat down and tried to hash out a solution to their problems, of which there were three: persian governors who were still loyal to the achaemenid king who might revolt, locals who viewed the past achaemenid regime as ruthless colonizers who might revolt, and the greeks back home, complaining that alexander was going soft on persia as a whole. who might revolt. a simple, fast solution to all three? 

1) burn persepolis, cultural center of persia & previous location of achaemenid rule, to intimidate naughty governors
2) burn persepolis, location of achaemenid rule, to pacify locals who had hated the achaemenids
3) burn persepolis, where the army that nearly took greece came from in the persian wars, to pacify the greeks back home.

so then someone was like, you know who in court is super trusted and conveniently athenian, so her wanting “revenge” would be believable? 

and somebody else was probably like, oh shit, ptolemy’s girlfriend!

so 1) why the party? and 2) why the lie? 1) it’s not gonna look like very convincing revenge to the greeks or the locals if there’s no anger in it, if it doesn’t seem spontaneous and passionate, is it? 2) why does anybody lie about something after the fact? uh, yeah, because it ended up being TERRIBLE PRESS. like, BAD press. it worked as intended – terrified the satraps, pacified the locals, got the greeks to stfu, sure – but it was also recognized universally as being so wildly disrespectful that alexander had to be like, yeah SORRY, that was, uh, not MY idea. we were drunk. xoxo gossip girl 

Adolf Hitler: The ’Man to Come’, the 128th year since the herald of Kalki came into being. Hitler was the penultimate avatar for mankind and prepared the way for us to continue, as we depart from the Kali Yuga (Dark Age and decay) onwards into the Krita Yuga (Golden Age and rebirth); Think of it as a voice, harking from a distant, primordial past, still lingering in those persons still loyal to their Race. A voice beckoning the ’Hyperborean Archetype’, urging those attuned to it to a final, finite fight to the finish, against the Eternal Enemy. A spiritual battle comparable to the Mahabharata – a battle closing a cycle and opening another. There is memory in our blood and some of us shall continue the fight even past the spiritual and cosmic sense, but the physical, also. The way has been paved and created, the battle was lost but not the war– This is merely another cycle to be endured and overcome. Bring forward the coming aeon through fayen. Believe in Europe.

Ich gratuliere Ihnen zu Ihrem 128, Adolf Hitler.

i hate the whole idea that good characters are considered “uninteresting”. For example, we have finn from star wars, and the fact the he truly is a nice guy, he is GENUINELY a good, noble person, and considering he went through a lot in the past, he can still be a caring, loyal guy to his new friends. The fact the he can still be a hero and leave a toxic environment is so…INSPIRING!!, and i wonder how people don’t see the potential in that, i will never understand that. Give good characters a chance, specially black characters like finn, it’s important that they are represented in a positive light.

anonymous asked:

I love how Michaela Laws is still super loyal to yanderedev even though she knows about his past, defending him all like “no one’s perfect, it’s not black and white but grey” and other bullshit. Really speaks volumes about what type of people Alex associates himself with.

like we’re not even asking for her or any other volunteer to drop him right then and there? we just want to inform the volunteers about who theyre working with and they refuse to think critically about him lmaooo

at the end of the day its because their values are the same as his and they dont care about what he’s done

-Oni

Family Reunion || Manny & Claire

It was just another day on patrol for Manny as he strolled through the streets of Pansaw, lost in his thoughts. He could hardly believe that this was happening, that the last few years of his Rebel Army memories had been wiped away by C.A.R.M.A. Actually, he could believe it. He’d seen victims of C.A.R.M.A’s brainwashing via memory alteration before; he just never thought he’d ever become one of them. 

Now here he was, stuck as a C.A.R.M.A agent and pretending to still be their loyal employee with no recollection of his real past. Since he started remembering everything, he had to wonder…how long had it been since he’d seen his parents? Since he’d seen his sister? Had he even seen them at all during the holidays the last few years or was that C.A.R.M.A’s doing? 

He stopped suddenly in his tracks, incredibly familiar sounding thoughts filling his mind. He’d recognize that person’s thoughts anywhere––it was Claire. He backed up a few steps on the sidewalk, turning his head, and he could have sworn that was her across the street walking. What was she doing in Pansaw? He stood where he was, reaching out and projecting his mental voice inside her mind. Claire? Is that you?  

@emoticlaire