The findings of an art history student with a love of art, feminism, equality, opera, music in general, religion, mythology, sociology, medieval manuscripts, books, the body, and human love of all sorts.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Feeling emotional cuz i just watched how i live now 😭
Just watched this tonight, it was so beautiful and tragic. I wanted more for them.
Liszt Ferenc at the piano with a young violinist
Making french toast for my lover this morning :)
i find this so beautiful. it is dark and haunting, and it takes me to an empty, gray world where nothing is real.
even with the vocals stripped, it is still so powerful.
"Eleanor Rigby" (strings only)-The Beatles
George Martin is my favorite Beatle.
- me: i'm bisexual
- person: omg that's ok! experiment if you want! have fun!
- me: no but i don't need to experiment i already know that i'm bisexual
- person: you're young! you don't have to put a label on anything!
- me: ok but i'm really bisexual
- person: haha just touch who you wanna touch, whatever, it's chill, you don't have to be sure yet!
I used to think fat girls like me did not have access to glamor. Then I started making it for myself. The funny thing is, literally the moment you decide you’re hot, other people start agreeing with you. I think that’s so incredibly powerful.
Fancy Feast, burlesque performer, 25, BK, 16/18.
But despite Hollywood’s near-complete refusal to acknowledge it, ancient Rome was the original melting pot. See, back then, color and prejudice weren’t linked — unlike racism and stupidity today. Rome even had at least two African emperors, Severus and Macrinus. Rome was unique in the ancient world for its inclusive citizenship. In the past, a city-state like Sparta might have conquered a people and enslaved or slaughtered them all. Rome, on the other hand, blew ancient people’s minds by assimilating or even naturalizing the conquered. The ancient Romans didn’t even force conquered peoples to give up their own languages or customs.
The important thing for the Romans was that people followed the law, paid taxes, and, oh yeah, fought in the Roman army. The Romans were no dummies: Little old Rome was never going to be able to populate the world it conquered, let alone defend it, so absorbing other peoples like a giant legionary sponge was the only way to keep enough bodies in the military and on its farms. Rome enrolled northwest Africans, Moors, Gauls, Celts, Jews — pretty much anyone who could swing a sword or throw a spear — which is how an Ethiopian soldier could find himself fighting in Britain (maybe that’s why every film Roman speaks with a British accent).
There are no exact numbers on ancient Roman diversity, but given Rome’s constant contact with Africa and the Near East, the coliseum we asked you to imagine earlier should look more like Ellis Island and less like a Dave Matthews Band concert.
Although this link it to a Cracked article, all citations are academic sources.
Every link is to a PDF textbook. :) In fact, a lot of Cracked’s historical articles are quite well-sourced.
You know that awesome song in The Fifth Element? The one sung by the blue diva and Leeloo kicks ass? Well, I didn’t know I wanted it to have a pole dance routine until I saw it.
This is Oona Kivela, ladies and gentleman.
This is the most athletic and graceful thing I’ve ever seen. God damn.
Almost passed out from the shear glory and grace of this routine. I love the way she just moves with the music. She just sort of glides and melts into the notes. She’s brilliant!