I think I’ll make a fire in the firepit tonight, put on some fiddle music and have a glass of wine…
The Great Fire of Rome began in the late evening hours on this date 1,950 years ago (64 A.D.). The fire raged for six days, during which time Emperor Nero either acted heroically to contain the fire and provide for his people, or played his lyre and watched the city burn — depending on whose version you believe. There are no surviving primary accounts of the fire, so we have to base everything we know on hearsay.
Most modern scholars tend to believe the account of Tacitus, a historian writing in the year 116. In Tacitus’ version, the fire began in a dry goods store near the Circus Maximus. Since it was very windy and dry that night, the fire spread quickly through the closely built wooden apartment buildings. Tacitus also reported that looters encouraged the fire, but whether they were acting under orders from Nero or just taking advantage of the situation, he couldn’t say with certainty. Far from setting the fire, Nero rushed back to Rome from his palace in Antium to rescue treasures from his mansion in the city. He opened his private gardens so evacuees would have a place to escape the flames, ordered the construction of temporary shelters, and brought in food from neighboring regions.
But people still wanted someone to blame, and Nero was, at the end of the day, still a politician. He pointed the finger at a relatively obscure but troublesome religious sect known as Christians and publicly tortured them to death in Rome’s only surviving amphitheater. He also took the opportunity to rebuild the city in an architectural style that he preferred.
First official image of Sam Wilson as the new Captain America.
Emma Stanford on her obsession with the Mountain Goats and what it means to be lonely in music.
…if Mountain Goats songs teach you anything, it’s not pessimism or bitterness or melodrama; it’s loyalty. Not to the people you’ve loved, exactly, but to the fact that you did love them. Maybe you don’t anymore, but that doesn’t invalidate the choices you made when you did. If you listen to enough Mountain Goats songs you learn that there is a kind of dignity in honoring feelings you no longer have. John Darnielle’s people fall out of love, yes, but they never forget that they were in it.
܀ history meme ܀ six relationships: Caligula (x) and Julia Drusilla (3/6)
↳ brother and sister
As undeniably the favourite sister, the relationship between Caligula (Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) and Drusilla is one swamped with whispers and out-right pronouncements of incest. Such accusations in the sources are somewhat dubious given the fact that many emperors are accused of incest to discredit them. Nevertheless, there does seem to have been a bond between the two that probably provided the fuel for the rumours.
At the beginning of his reign, Caligula showed great favour to all three of his sisters so that they were honoured as much as the Vestals and enjoyed great privileges. Accordingly, it is said that Caligula had sexual relations with all three but Drusilla was the one he favoured the most. She sat in the place of honour and he named her his successor should he of died when he was ill. Perhaps the biggest expression of the great regard that Caligula held for his sister is that upon her death, “she became the first Roman woman to be deified… a statue of her was placed at the temple of Venus Genetrix, the only instance of a Roman woman’s image being so venerated.” It is noted that he grieved her like a widower and had his daughter named after her. Whatever the reality of their relationship, incestuous or not, Drusilla appeared to have a profound effect on her brother and the two have become an infamous pair.
You may think it’s unfair that we have to counteract and adjust ourselves for the ill behavior of other men. You know what? You’re right. It is unfair. Is that the fault of women? Or is it the fault of the men who act abysmally and make the rest of us look bad? If issues of fairness bother you, get mad at the men who make you and your actions appear questionable.
Because when it comes to assessing a man, whatever one man is capable of, a woman must presume you are capable of. Unfortunately, that means all men must be judged by our worst example. If you think that sort of stereotyping is bullshit, how do you treat a snake you come across in the wild?
…You treat it like a snake, right? Well, that’s not stereotyping, that’s acknowledging an animal for what it’s capable of doing and the harm it can inflict. Simple rules of the jungle, man. Since you are a man, women must treat you as such.
The completely reasonable and understandable fear of men is your responsibility. You didn’t create it. But you also didn’t build the freeways either. Some of the things you inherit from society are cool and some of them are rape culture.
The library at Mafra National Palace in Portugal. Where, to keep books from being damaged by insects, they uses 500 bats! The bats are kept in boxes during the day but at night they are let out and eat up to double their own body weight in insects. (Info taken from this article at bookwire. Thanks to amygarvey for telling me about it!)
I think I need to go there. Do you think they’d notice if I moved in?
Variations on My Neighbor Totoro. All credits can be found here. Additional variations (including Naruto, Dexter’s Laboratory, Star Wars, and more) can also be found here.
”Porthos du Vallon is a man of fine reputation, a good soldier and a Musketeer of many years’ standing.”