that one time i was in greece

Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumor or spread gossip.

In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?”

“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied, “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

“Triple filter?” asked the acquaintance.

“That’s right,” Socrates continued, “Before you talk to me about Diogenes let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man said, “Actually, I just heard about it.”

“All right,” said Socrates, “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?”

“No, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you’re not certain it’s true?”

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, “You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really.”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?”

The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was banging his wife.

I met my favorite person this weekend.

I have these Native American reenactments in the summer, okay. We dress in authentic Native garb and go teach about our culture and whatnot at historical events. There’s this one on a weekend that housed all reenactors from Ancient Greece to World War II–you can walk through a timeline of living history. It’s cool.

So there are these guys in a tent on the far hill called the Scottish Highlanders. They bring about two to five people to their thing per year. They do all the good medieval Scottish jazz. Kilts, weapons, challenging you to fights.

But theres this one guy that is there every time. I always go visit to hear him give in depth talks about Scottish Reavers and their malitia and weaponry and stuff. He’s fun, so I go talk to him and he’s asking about what school I’m going to, what I want to do, etc.

So I tell him I want to be a history teacher and I like to write. He asks me if I have anything published, and I say no, thinking he means an actual book. But he waves me off and asks, “No, online. Have you ever heard of Fanfiction.net?”

Let me explain a thing. This guy. Is well over six feet. His biceps are bigger than my head, he’s about 45 years old, he has the thickest Scottish accent you’ve ever witnessed, he can wave two axes around like nobody’s business, he usually resolves friendly arguments with full on battle in armor with real weaponry with the scars to prove it, and he kind of has a biker gang.

And this guy starts telling me about the 700 page Doctor Who fanfiction that he’s been writing for six years and still running. 

Shamelessly continues to explain how he gets together with his badass biker buddies and they ride to his house with bottles of Jack Daniels and talk about the next fanfiction that they’re going to write together. (More Doctor Who, Xena Warrior Princess, Agents of Shield, Lord of the Rings…) They dare each other to write crossovers for interesting character interaction. This guy raves with excitement over character development and analysis. 

I cried. 

Countries qualified for the ESC 2017 final

Armenia: 6 armed woman

Australia: kid looking much older, 80% eyebrow

Austria: dreamworks kid, feel old yet?

Azerbaijan: woman singing to a man on a ladder with a horse head

Belarus: cute adventurous people on a boat, making everyone dance

Belgium: awesome studio performance, looking a lil uncomfortable live

Bulgaria: this kiddo is going places

Croatia: personality disorder

Cyprus: probably getting bullied by his background dancers

Denmark: woman in red dress, lots of fireworks

France: gotta make sure everyone knows we’re from france

Germany: titanium

Greece: yaoi shipping

Hungary: man bun but a cool jacket

Israel: wink one more time please

Italy: man who can light up an entire continent with his smile, dancing gorilla

Moldova: a legend has returned

Netherlands: the girl squad

Norway: i think my television broke

Poland: what’s up with all the wedding dresses?

Portugal: precious beautiful baby. Protect at all costs

Romania: pop/rap/yodeling, graphic background design is my passion

Spain: surfer dudes invading eurovision

Sweden: looking hella fine and knows it

UK: lowkey rickrolling all of europe

Ukraine: giant head… ya why not?

This year’s Eurovision finals line-up:

1. “I was born with glass bones and paper skin. Every morning I break my legs, and every afternoon I bre-” 

2. Three minutes of getting the chills 

3. A cute hipster couple, ready for their wedding 

4. Dreamworks presents: Nathan Trent 

5. “I would like to be in the sky” 

6. A song about a mom

7. Another song about a mom 

8. *Hungarian romani hungarian* SAMURAI 

9. Just a man, chilling with his fursona 

10. Oh honey…I’m sorry but you’re fucked- 

11.  A gentle butterfly man who gets startled when applauded at 

12. Chalkboard 

13.  The man with two voices

14.  “…Are you SURE he’s only 17?” 

15. The obligatory Greece in your final 

16. Surfer boy

17. Bootleg Daft Punk- now in purple! 

18.  Maureen Johnson 

19. “I changed my mind, I don’t want to be in the sky anymore. Please put me down.” 

20. The one song that you can’t play in front of your non-eurovision friends without being embarrassed 

21. LEGS

22. This year’s token rock song 

23. PLEASE take her hand already- she’s asked four times now 

24.  Fuckbois on treadmills 

25. “…Are you SURE he’s not 13?” 

26. Has an eiffel tower- just in case you somehow aren’t sure where she’s from

15 tips for traveling alone

I recently returned from a four-month trip around Europe. I backpacked to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Germany, Norway and The Netherlands, sometimes with my best friend, sometimes with new friends, and sometimes all alone. 

Travelling alone was one of the best experiences of my life. You’ll surprise yourself with your keen intuition, your ability to cope with a new language, your friend-making skills, your geographical bearings and overall just how much you enjoy doing whatever you want, whenever you want - from eating whenever, going wherever and doing whatever you feel like doing. Sometimes I had gelato for breakfast, once I spent six hours in a museum, a few times I slept til midday, I went to a music festival solo and I swam in the ocean morning, noon and dusk. 

But travelling alone can also be problematic and lonely if you’re not properly prepared. Here’s some easy tips that really enriched my experience travelling alone. 

1. Laptop smart
Not only is it exceedingly hard to navigate foreign transport sites from a phone, my laptop proved really valuable to me when I needed precious downtime, which was about once a week. I loaded up a portable hard drive with movies and boxsets so I could retreat into my own little world with my headphones on to watch a movie in bed when I needed a bit of ‘me’ time. 

2. Device smart
- I subscribed to Spotify Premium for $10 a month and built myself some playlists by mood - chill, happy, groovy, pensive. Then I downloaded them, so they were available offline.
- I also downloaded Tripit, an app that links with your email and builds you an automatic itinerary based on your email confirmations.
- I also downloaded Maps.me, an app with offline maps and GPS location so I was never lost. I dropped a (permanent) pin on the location of my accommodation in each city so I always had my bearings. 
- Also make sure your emails are accessible on your phone - I found the Gmail app to be the best option for me, because many of my emails were available offline - valuable when I needed an address or confirmation number, which was a lot!

3. Spend smart
I went with Citibank Australia, who offer a Citibank Plus everyday account with fee-free withdrawals and fee-free transactions anywhere in the world. Shop around your banks and see what deal you can find - don’t just go with your own bank, who might smash you with withdrawal and transaction fees. Every dollar counts when you’re overseas.

4. Insure smart 
This was a non-negotiable. I actually submitted two claims after this trip - one for a lost phone and another for a change of trip. Make sure you know what you’re entitled to before you commit to a policy - valuables up to $1,000 is essential if you’re taking that laptop or smartphone!

5. Pack smart
A few quick tips:
- Don’t take anything that needs ironing. You’ll never wear it, trust me. 
- Bring your runners so you can walk miles during the day. It really made all the difference for me - on days I wore them I could walk up to 30,000 steps without any pain whatsoever. 
- Bring your flip flops for showering. Tinea is rampant in hostel world!
- Bring exercise gear. I always moved from place to place in my exercise gear - it’s easy to sleep in on long haul bus-rides, and you don’t want to wear your 15kg pack with bad shoes - it hurts your ankles!
- Pack, then don’t take half the things you packed. Every little thing is a lot heavier on your back in the blistering heat, trust me. And they have toiletries in other countries too, you know!

6. Disembark smart
- Always carry some cash with you for the country you’re going to - for me, it was mostly euros. It was essential for my commute from the airport, and when I forgot to arm myself with currency, I was left disoriented, tired and wandering around trying to find an ATM while not getting robbed.
- It’s also worth Googling bus or train information before you board your plane, so you know the fastest and cheapest way to your accommodation before you land. Taxis are tempting - but will run your budget dry quickly. 

7. Book smart 
- Book directly through the website, not the compare-sites - it’s cheaper! This includes airlines, bus companies and train websites, and the hostel websites when it comes to booking your accommodation.
- Also, always book your bits and bobs in a private browsing section. Airline websites have algorithms that send the ticket prices up if they log your IP looking at a price a couple times to create a sense of urgency in you.
- But don’t feel like you need to map your whole plan out before you even leave home - I purposefully left gaps in my plan and life filled them in. I stayed with europeans I’d met overseas, travelled with new friends and went to countries that I had no plans on going to, like Norway (one of my favourite countries in the end!) 

8. Backup smart
After every country I backed up my phone to my laptop and my laptop to my hard drive. If you trust the Cloud, backup to there too. It is devastating to lose travel photos - they’re about the most important thing you own when you travel. 

9. Stay smart
- Hostelworld.com is the go-to site for hostels. If I was nervous about my choice, I’d usually book one night in and extend my stay if it felt right. I always read plenty of reviews for each place, particularly taking notice of the location rating. Cleanliness in the bathroom, uncomfortable beds or a tiny kitchen were things I could deal with. A 30 minute commute to the city was something that wore me down pretty quickly.
- Speaking of the kitchen - that ‘free’ shelf in the fridge is your best friend - use it!

10. Be alone smart
- Find a local pub and go and sit at the bar with a good book. Strike up a conversation with the bartender - they are probably bored out of their mind! Bartenders have a wealth of cultural knowledge about their city that you’d never find on Trip Advisor - ask for their hot tips on eating, drinking, shopping and the sights. I asked each bartender to draw all over a fold-up map in each city so I had a visual reference - it helped me pair things together that were close by so I could plan my days better.
- Also, do the walking tour on your first day. They are usually free (the tour guides live on tips) and they are the most useful introduction to a city - not to mention hugely interesting.

11. Commute smart
If you’re wondering if you should walk or get a metro, walk. If you’re wondering whether you should get the metro or a bus, bus. The metro is fast, but you see nothing. 

12. Dress smart
- If you’re spending the day exploring, wear one less thing than you think you need to. It’s awful being hot and sweaty, but easy to speed up if you’re feeling a little nippy. Plus, your thighs will thank you when they can crush steel between your rippling muscles!
- Runners are pretty much always the best option - you’ll double your productivity with them on. 

13. Mini-pack smart
Your daypack should contain:
- headphones
- a book
- a city map (to ask the locals to circle their favourite places on!)
- a knife and fork (plastic, for impromptu lunches in the park or by the water)
- a water bottle. Water is your best friend between all that exercise you didn’t realize you were doing (win!), the salty restaurant meals you’re eating (yum) and the drinking (inevitable). Drink it in litres - otherwise you’ll be perpetually dehydrated and wondering why you feel so tired. 

14. Wash, dry and iron smart
It’s inevitable you’ll have to wash atleast once a week. Face it, pretty boy. Mama aint here to help you now. 
- Every night, wash the underwear you wore that day in the shower. It takes five seconds, stops them from stinking up the place (we all know undies get the most dirty) and fresh undies are one of life’s little pleasures!
- You can iron out major creases by wetting a towel and wiping the clothing while it’s on you (it’ll dry), or bringing the item on a coat hanger into the shower area (the steam makes the creases drop out) 
- Splurge occasionally and get laundry done. Most hostels do it for less than $10, and having fresh clean dry clothing one of those amazing little things that lifts your spirits when you’re out of your comfort zone. 

15. Socialise smart
Talk to people! Everyone is the best version of themselves when they are travelling. Strike up conversations with people you would never usually speak to, especially those travelling alone as well. Ask them their story, compare itineraries, go on adventures together and who knows? You might just make a friend for life. 

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Amazing mural by street artist @wd_wilddrawing - Details of ‘Knowledge speaks - Wisdom listens’ #mural in #Athens Owl symbolizes wisdom and at the same time is a symbol of the goddess Athena, the one that gave her name to the city of Athens. From the other hand owl as bird, is famous for its exceptionally good far vision, particularly in low light. Nowadays Greece, and not only, is experiencing a really dark phase and I think is time for us, in Greece and around the globe, to recall thus creature’s wisdom. #wd_wilddrawing #wdstreetart #owl #graffiti #streetart #streetartathens #athensartnetwork #mikroparisi @petit_paris_athens - #steampunktendencies #steampunk

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Planetarium // Nurseydex

a/n: short drabble based on the commission @wheeloffortune-design was doing today on their livestream. i’ll link back to that when it’s posted. EDIT: here’s the link.

“The binary star Algol is located 93 light years away. It used to be known as ‘al Ghul’, the demon star….”

”Yo, Dex,” Nursey whispered, nudging Dex’s arm. “Where’s she pointing? I can’t see what the laser is pointing to.”

“It’s the one on the left, over there.” He pointed.

“Oh, I see,” Nursey said, reaching over Dex to take a handful of popcorn. “No, wait, I don’t see.”

Nursey, it’s right—hey.” Some of the popcorn in Nursey’s fist fell out onto Dex’s lap. “C’mon, you just spilled popcorn all over me.”

“Whoops,” Nursey said, sounding entirely unapologetic. He picked a piece off of Dex’s knee and popped it into his mouth, grinning.

“The binary star makes up part of the Perseus constellation. It represents the mighty Greek hero….”

Dex threw a piece of popcorn at Nursey’s face, who immediately threw it back. Dex raised an eyebrow. “I was going to give you some of these M&M’s I smuggled in,” Dex said quietly, “but now I’m having second thoughts….”

“Eh, it’s fine. I’m more of a skittles guy anyway,” Nursey replied, shrugging. He bent his knees and propped his feet up on the seat in front of him.

“God, I can’t believe you’re such a candy snob, It’s sugar.”

A couple of rows in front of them, an older woman turned around, putting her finger up towards her lips. “Shh!” she hissed.

“Sorry, maam,” Dex apologized. He did his best to look repentant.

They tried to be quiet for a few more minutes, listening to the woman explain the science behind stars and the meaning behind constellations. The planetarium was mostly dark. They could barely see each other in the dim lights cast down from the artificial stars above them. Despite himself, Dex found that he was actually really enjoying this date. It had been Nursey’s idea, of course—who else would turn down a normal date plan like going to the movies in favor of a planetarium. But Dex had been talking about how he missed being able to see the stars, and Nursey must have remembered that, and that was pretty sweet, he guessed. Slowly, like a high schooler on a first date, Dex put his arm over the back of Nursey’s chair and let it fall onto Nursey’s shoulder.

In Greco-Roman mythology, the constellation Aquila is associated with the eagle who kidnapped Ganymede, son of one of the kings of Troy….

“You know,” Nursey whispered into Dex’s ear, “Ganymede and Zeus banged a lot.”

Dex couldn’t help it—he started giggling. “What?” he said, doing his best to keep his voice down. “I thought Achilles was the one who was into dudes.”

“All the Greeks were into dudes, Dex,” Nursey murmured. “The founders of their democracy were a same-sex couple.”

“That sounds fake, but I don’t know enough about Ancient Greece to argue with you.”

“It’s totally true,” Nursey said. “You know who else is into dudes?”

Dex sensed a trap. “…Who?”

“Me,” Nursey said. He leaned in and planted a kiss on Dex’s cheek.

“Oh my god.”

The older woman from before turned around a second time, giving them a look. This time they managed to keep quiet until the end of the show.

“So, what did you think?” Nursey asked as they left the planetarium. “Was that better than a movie?”

“Dunno,” Dex shrugged. “I guess I could be convinced.”

“Hm, I could definitely convince you…” Nursey said. He leaned in and kissed him.

“God, you’re such a sap,” Dex murmured against his lips. But he kissed back all the same.

The First Modern Olympics Had One Particularly Odd Event

When Greece held the 1896 Olympic Games, they found a … unique… way to boost their medal count. And by unique, I mean unethical. The created the 100-meter freestyle for sailors. A swimming contest for sailors, not so bad, right? But the “freestyle for sailors” was restricted to sailors from the Greek Royal Navy. Wow. The event was won by Ioannis Malokinis, whose time of 2:20.4 was almost a whole minute slower than Hungary’s Arnold Guttman in the regular 100-meter freestyle.

my teacher for ap world gave us a study assignment to make a powerpoint for (almost) every chapter of every unit. we have our own book that we use so im not sure if the chapters align to the books most schools use but the content should be the same

i will be updating this weekly when i can to add the powerpoints i just made, but please be patient! these take a lot of time but i really want to help other people succeed. 

the powerpoints include important points from each section and subsection, as well as an overview of the main topic for each section, as well as a top ten things to remember slide for every chapter.

i hope this helps!

unit one - foundations (8000 BCE - 600 BCE)

chapter 1 - hunter-gatherer societies

chapter 2 - the first civilizations

unit two - classical age (600 BCE - 600 CE)

chapter 3 - greece and persia

chapter 4 - the roman world

chapter 5 - india and china

unit three - post classical era (600 - 1450)

chapter 8 - the islamic world

chapter 9 - africa

chapter 10 - east asia

chapter 12 - western europe

chapter 13 - the mongols

chapter 14 - the americas

unit four - early modern world (1450-1750)

chapter 15 - western europe

chapter 16 - colonial america

chapter 17 - colonial africa

chapter 19 - gunpowder empires

chapter 20 - east asia

unit five - industrial era (1750-1900)

chapter 21 - enlightenment, nationalism, and revolutions

chapter 22 - the industrial revolution

chapter 23 - turkey, china, japan, and the west

chapter 24 - global links and imperialism

Give me a movie/show and I will give you my honest opinion on it (if I have seen it that is).


Rick and Morty (2013-) - Ahahahhaaa!! My friend gave me such a death glare when I asked if it was for kids. X,D For some reason I imaged it being in the same league as “Regular Show” so I kinda avoided it for a long time. Then I actually watched it and marathoner through it in 2 days. I do not find it HAHA funny, but I still very much enjoy it. There is a cleverness to the writing that I like, and the characters are fun. I am really looking forward to the 3rd season. I do however wish that they could stop with the whole “unhappily married couple” routine. It´s not funny or endearing; I just want to shake people.

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) - Another one of my all time favorite animated movies. The CGI effects have not aged very well, but the rest of the animation is still out of this world. Eris is one of the best villains I know and Proteus is THE price for me. This is one of those movies that I can watch over and over again without ever getting tired of it. But now as an adult I do wish that they would have kept in more Middle Eastern influences instead of creating this fantasy Greece land. :P And why was that darn book never explained more properly??? Who made it? Why was it made? What was the world like before it? I want answers!! >:(

Star vs The Forces of Evil (2015-) - I’m currently somewhere in the middle of the latest season, so no spoilers OK. ;) When they released the opening as a teaser I got super exited for the show, but compared to other cartoons like SU, Gravity Falls or Avatar, it didn’t really pull me in. I do watch it (obliviously), but I would never sit up past 12PM to stream it the day it airs. I like Star and Marco as a duo, but I’m not a big fan of the whole romance subplot that has entered the picture. It´s like a watered down version of Kim Possible/Ron (last season), with the difference that they were older, more mature and had both dated other people before even thinking of getting together. That was nice. This tho… Meeeehhh… But I still like it. :D Favorite character = Queen Butterfly

The Swan Princess (1994) - I grew up with this film on VHS and let just say that it was rewinded many many times. Now I like watching it for pure nostalgia. …and ripping the story to shreds. It one of those movies that starts out so promising, but then falls right back into the cliché hole and never manages to get out of it. Like, how much better would it have been if we focused more on the relationship of young Odette and Derek? Then maybe we would have understood better WHY Derek loved her. I did not buy his confession as a kid or now as an adult. PS: I totally had a thing for some of the background ladies as a kid. My bi was showing early on. :P  And also - Why does there exist SEVEN sequels to this movie!! DX

Treasure Planet (2002) - I love this film! Typically I’m not big for sci-fi, but this movie´s aesthetics really gets me. Old fashioned/steampunk ships in the gorgeousness that is space??? GIMME MORE!! (O_O) Who cares is it makes no sense. The story may be really simple, but it´s the characters and their animation what make this movie shine. The only thing that I miss from it really is that emotional connection to Jim´s backstory. I don´t think I have ever shed a tear to his father leaving, which I blame the tone of the montage sequence for. If it had been shown in a more calm manner then I think I would have reacted more strongly. But yes - a 9/10 movie in my books!  

THAT ONE AU IN WHICH THE REAL GRAVES WAS ACTUALLY ON HOLIDAYS ALL THIS TIME 


“Madam President, what is this?” Graves asks darkly. They put him behind bars. Him. That was not exactly the welcome he expected after spending two weeks away on vacation.

The President looks at him, tight lipped. “Percival,” she says finally. “You’re back. How was Greece?” 

“Fine,” he says dismissively. “Care to explain what’s going on here ? Why was I arrested as soon as I stepped foot inside the MACUSA? ”

Picquery takes a deep breath. There’s no way to tiptoe around this, so she doesn’t. "When you were away, Gellert Grindelwald impersonated you and used your face to wreak havoc on this city.“

Graves’ mouth drops open. "He did what?" 

"So you’ll understand if we’re a bit… cautious around you,” she continues, not looking at him. “We need to check if you’re really who you claim to be.”

“Mercy Lewis,” Graves breathes, the reality of the situation not quite sinking in yet. “I leave for two weeks and this is what happens? How did no one notice?” he asks. Picquery winces. 

“He was- a particularly good actor,” she says, while Graves looks on in disbelief. “We’ll have to do a series of tests with you, Percival. Confiscate your wand, use Veritaserum. You know the procedures. I’m sorry. We can’t risk that happening again." 

"I … alright,” Graves swallows. “Wow. Seraphina, what did he do while he was here? I need to know.”

Picquery stays silent.

“Seraphina, what did he do?” Graves’ voice grows panicked. If she doesn’t answer, it must be worse than he thought. “What did he do?!”


anonymous asked:

What herbs can you smoke/burn to help induce trance/visions or ease communications with spirits/deities?

I can only give suggestions for burning herbs. I’m not really the witch to be asking as far as smoking goes. 
These are just some off the top of my head. 

The best one I can think of to start off this list is tobacco. Tobacco has a long magical history of being an excellent offering and spirit communicator. When it is turned into smoke, the spirits feed. They’ll gather in for a taste, and in being plied with food, you can ask them questions and favors. It was once only used in plant form, but cigarettes and cigars are used today. If you go South, you’ll begin to notice that a lot of the magical traditions there involve tobacco and offering it to the spirits they’re working with. 

My personal favorite is the oft overlooked dandelion. The Dandelion has such a rich magical history that is, for the most part, completely ignored. Its use as a spirit communication aid has been around for a long time. It can be used to sharpen psychic senses, drawing spirits forward, helping one ‘travel’, and creating alrauns. The roots are invaluable if you are a necromancer or work with darker spirits. I don’t know if it’s scoffed at because it’s a common weed or because of its bright, sunny exterior, but what lie beneath is nothing to be written off. 

The Mallow plant is one that I’ve employed before, but don’t use often. Mallow is the herb you use when you want to communicate with kind and gentle dead. It was used as a funerary flower in ancient Greece. You’d be best off using it for ancestor work. However, it would also do well with any sort of peace making spirit work as well. Mallow also can work as a ‘spirit strainer’ for the lack of a better word. It can help block out malicious entities and powers while allowing gentler ones to come forward. 

Mugwort also has a long history with spirit work. It used to be employed to protect against the dead and other mischievous spirits. Many people also use it to do spirit work in sleep, whether that be keeping the spirits out of the dreams or drawing them in. Some people add it to divinatory blends to block out ill meaning powers. 

Sycamore is also a personal favorite of mine, and not well known to many practitioners. Sycamore is one of the best necromancy trees you could ask for. It was thought to connect this world to the Otherworld. They were also once called “Ghost trees” or “Ghost of the Forest”. I once performed the most intense necromantic working I think I’ve ever done under two gigantic sycamores that acted as a gate. The leaves, wood, and loose bark can be taken and burnt to open the way for spirits. You’ll recognize it by the mottled and strangely colored bark pattern. 

Manipulation/Silas Fluff

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Most of these are taken from my Wattpad account! (Twtrash01)

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Request:  Can you do a vampire diaries imagine with Silas being inlove with the reader and using his powers to win her over

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The reason that Dionysus was so different at one time from another was because of this double nature of wine and so of the god of wine. He was man’s benefactor and he was man’s destroyer…
Under his influence courage was quickened and fear banished, at any rate for the moment. He uplifted his worshipers; he made them feel that they could do what they had thought they could not. All this happy freedom and confidence passed away, of course, as either they grew sober or got drunk, but while it lasted it was like being possessed by a power greater than themselves. So people felt about Dionysus as bout no other god. He was not only outside of them, he was within them too… The momentary sense of exultant power wine-drinking can give was only a sign to show men that they had within them more than they knew…
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Mythology, Edith Hamilton.

All this to say, as much as Dionysus seems to be portrayed a lot as a stupid drunkard (which, no question, he could be) he was also a very powerful god. Wine and grapes were super important to the Greeks, so it stands to reason, he was too.

Europe’s Biggest Party

Yuuri Katsuki/Victor Nikiforov

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Victor loves Eurovision and no one can convince me otherwise. Dedicated to @clairles who I’ve spent most of the past week screaming about Eurovision with.

(I rewatched practically all of the final for this, send help)


13 May, 21:45

Victor renamed the chat Europe’s Biggest Party

Victor added Yuuri Katsuki, Yuri Plisestsky, Emil Nekola, Christophe Giacometti, Michele Crispino and Sara Crispino

Victor: IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

Yuuri: …what is it?

Victor: IT’S EUROVISION

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Recommended Books for People Interested in Classics

Classics is the most important and interesting a really interesting subject, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming. Especially for people who just got interested. So here’s a little tip: Read a bit of everything, so you can find the area you’re truly interested in.

I will continue to update this list.

Note: I have placed the books in categories for easy reference 

Mythology:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - yes, I know, this is a fiction book. But it gives a great introduction to events in the Iliad - trust me, it’ll make much more sense if you read this first. 

Oh My Gods by Philip Freeman - this book is a really great place to start with mythology. It talks about both Greek and Roman myths, and even has the events of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid.

Rome:

SPQR by Mary Beard - where do I even begin with this book? It’s flawlessly written, and contains so much brilliant information. And it covers so much of Rome’s history! It also discusses daily life, the economy, and religion, among other things. Just. Read this. 

The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius - people say he reads like a gossipy tabloid, which is kind of true, but even with all of that, I really enjoyed this. It contains so much information about the first twelve emperors of Rome. 

The Death of Caesar by Barry Strauss - although it isn’t quite as beautifully written as Mary Beard’s work, it definitely gets its point across. This book talks all about Julius Caesar, his allies and enemies, and the transition between Republic and Empire.

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans - the title is a bit misleading, because the Romans aren’t rotten (don’t listen to me I’m very biased) - I know this is a bit childish, but it’s actually a great book! It gives a great overview of the Romans, if you ask me. 

The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough - this is the first book in the Masters of Rome series, which is one of my absolute favourites. It covers a large span of history - from the time of Gaius Marius (Republic), to the time of Julius Caesar. Along with being such a fantastic series, it gives you a lot of insight into daily Roman life. 

Greece:

Ancient Greece by Robert Garland - this book is probably the only book on ancient Greece I own. It has so much information about so many things - from whether the Greeks believed their own myths, to the role of women, to a timeline of ancient Greek history. It’s just so, incredibly comprehensive. 

Note: these are the books that I personally recommend. Not everyone is going to agree with this list. 

If you have any questions, or book recommendations for me, feel free to message me! 

an oddly extensive list of aph bulgaria headcanons
  • his human name is Stephan Borisov. he was “born” around the seventh century.
  • he comes off as cool and aloof but he’s usually screaming on the inside
  • he’s a pretty heavy smoker. he tried to quit in the 30s but he started again in the 60s
  • we’ve all heard the yoghurt thing. but he’s so smug about it you can’t even imagine. do you think this is a game? think again, motherfucker
    • “wow, is that yoghurt? did you know that i invented that?”
    • the same thing goes for the cyrillic alphabet. them baby slavs ain’t got shit on him
  • he literally never wears shirts when he’s home alone. ask him why and you’ll get a halfhearted shrug
  • he is, objectively, the most fashionable nation in the balkans. are you wearing leather pants, romania?
  • he finds all of the nordics to be very attractive.
  • the younger nations tend to look up to him. meanwhile, he panics in a corner
    • what if they want to talk to me? what if i mentions something weird?
    • probably smiles awkwardly when small children stare at him. the fucker waves too. stop being so cute
  • he tries so hard to be a good person
    • his heart’s in the right place. his, morals, however…
  • he sleeps face down. it’s honestly a miracle that he hasn’t suffocated yet.
  • he looks to be in his mid to late twenties. yeah, he’s younger than england (23), but dude he had two empires. get on his level.
  • half the year he looks like vanilla ice cream, and the other half he’s tan af
  • his eyes are so green man they’re so fucking green
  • he’s not as well muscled as Actual Confirmed Bears™ Russia and Turkey but he’s still got the bod
  • he doesn’t really have all that many relationships outside of the balkans because this is europe. it’s hard to keep friends when everyone’s attacking someone else.
  • and relationships inside the balkans are…complicated
  • he and romania are “pals”, but they’re the type of “pals” who will fuck and then sleep on opposite sides of the bed
    • basically they’re dating but they’re both such dicks that they can’t be bothered to be nice to each other
  • he and hungary are like siblings. they hate each other, but in a friendly way
  • stephan would willingly throw serbia out a window, but will also defend him to the death.
    • it’s complicated
  • he’d rather not talk about turkey. they’ve got so many years of history. both good and bad (sorry, bad and bad), that’s it’s very hard to define whatever they’ve got. rn they nod at each other in a friendly way on smoke breaks and try very hard not to punch the other
    • it doesn’t work all that well
  • greece? who’s greece? i don’t know him?
  • all of the balkans band together to protect moldova. he’s so small and cute. u can’t touch him.
    • half the time they’re the ones scarring him with their weird fucking antics.
    • no, stephan, you can’t smoke when the kid’s in the room
  • outside of the balkans? he probably gets along with all of the former soviet bloc nations pretty well, though this is more out of a feeling of mutual sympathy than from actually liking them
  • his relationship with russia is just “stay the fuck away from me and i won’t kick your ass”
    • (he can’t kick russia’s ass)
  • honestly? he’s an awkward nerd who used to have an empire but just wants to eat yoghurt and watch anime nowadays
    • kids are too wild these days. back in my day we used to hit each other with sharp objects and fall asleep in trees