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louvre.fr:

Helmet of a Thracian Gladiator

Troisième quart du Ier siècle ap. J.-C. Found in the gladiators’ barracks at Pompei, Campagna, southern Italy Campagna, southern Italy

This bronze helmet, richly decorated with a Gorgon’s and a griffin’s head, was probably used by Thracian gladiators during the parades preceding the games in the amphitheater at Pompeii, just before Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The shape of the visor, which evolved over the course of the first century, is typical of the period. The eye openings have been replaced by a grill covering the upper part of the face, and plume holders have been added on either side of the helmet.

Armor discovered at Pompeii

This bronze helmet is one of a number of pieces of armor given in 1802 to the First Consul Bonaparte by Ferdinand IV, king of Naples. They were buried when Vesuvius erupted and the region of Naples was laid waste on 24 August, AD 79, but saw the light of day when excavations were carried out (1766-67) in the gladiators’ barracks at Pompeii. They were kept at Malmaison until the death of Josephine and thereafter entered the Durand collection (1814) and the Comte de Pourtalès collection (1825), before being purchased by the Musées Impériaux in 1865. Finally, they were transferred to the Louvre from the Musée des Antiquités Nationales at Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1892. The armor, which is richly embossed, was probably used in the parades that preceded the games in the arena.

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That awkward moment when you confront someone you quite like about their social media behaviour, and they self-identify as bigot.

centuriespast:

Der Tod auf der Barrikade (Death on the Barricade)
Plate 5 from the portfolio Auch ein Todtentanz aus dem Jahre 1848 (2nd edition, Leipzig: Georg Wigand, 1849)
Alfred Rethel, German, 1816 - 1859. Engraved by Carl August Zscheckel, German, 1824 - 1870. Wood engraving executed in Dresden under the supervision of Hugo Bürkner, German, 1818 - 1897. With verses composed by Robert Reinick, German, 1805 - 1852. Published in Leipzig in 1849 by Georg Wigand, German, 1818 - 1858.
Published in Leipzig, Germany,1849
Wood engraving
Philadelphia Museum of Art

centuriespast:

Der Tod auf der Barrikade (Death on the Barricade)

Plate 5 from the portfolio Auch ein Todtentanz aus dem Jahre 1848 (2nd edition, Leipzig: Georg Wigand, 1849)

Alfred Rethel, German, 1816 - 1859. Engraved by Carl August Zscheckel, German, 1824 - 1870. Wood engraving executed in Dresden under the supervision of Hugo Bürkner, German, 1818 - 1897. With verses composed by Robert Reinick, German, 1805 - 1852. Published in Leipzig in 1849 by Georg Wigand, German, 1818 - 1858.

Published in Leipzig, Germany,1849

Wood engraving

Philadelphia Museum of Art

bobek792 asked: whats the accepted timeline for biblical events such as exodus? who was the pharoah? were the Jews the Habiru or the Hyksos?

historicity-was-already-taken:

Some archaeologists, and myself, hold to the theory that Exodus is actually a folk memory of the Bronze Age era Egyptian imperial hegemony over the southern Levant. The people archaeologists can identify as being distinctively different from other Canaanite groups began to emerge in the central Judean hill country around 1200 BCE, and their settlements and inscriptions can be traced as distinctively “Israelite.” This is called the Israelites as Canaanites Theory. Exodus came into the form it is because the Biblical authors needed it for the cosmology they were constructing, and they borrowed extensively from Near Eastern literary tropes (the Baby With a Destiny Found in a Basket in a River, for instance) and Israelite folk memory in constructing it.

If you put the Books of Exodus/Joshua and Judges side by side and really read the texts, you’ll see that they tell the same story. One tells the story of an exiled people making their way home after so many years and violently reclaiming the land via military campaigns which left dubious archaeological imprints, and one tells the story of a loosely organized Iron Age tribal society sharing the same general folk religion and language gradually emerging and gaining power over other Canaanite groups, including the ones which were theoretically wiped out in Joshua.

….Biblical Studies was my jam in undergrad.

Further Reading: http://historicity-was-already-taken.tumblr.com/Further%20Reading#Biblical%20Scholarship

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book.

Cicero, circa 43 BC (via amandaonwriting)

Recency illusion is the belief or impression that something is of recent origin when it is in fact long-established.”

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gunmetalskies:

discardingimages:

rabbit riding a hound with a trained snail of prey Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390.
Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

If I were an URL hoarder, “snailofprey” would already be mine.

gunmetalskies:

discardingimages:

rabbit riding a hound with a trained snail of prey 

Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390.

Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

If I were an URL hoarder, “snailofprey” would already be mine.