serendipitous finds

Grad student in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, mediocre musician, and chronic procrastinator. Here, you'll find posts about books, the ancient world, Mesopotamia, history, art, photos, and other stuff that I happen to find and want to remember.

September 19, 2014 at 10:17pm
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Reblogged from fishstickmonkey
fishstickmonkey:

A fragment of a fifth-century B.C. Persian relief  (via Stolen Bas-Relief Recovered in Canada - Archaeology Magazine)

fishstickmonkey:

A fragment of a fifth-century B.C. Persian relief
(via Stolen Bas-Relief Recovered in Canada - Archaeology Magazine)

(via last-of-the-romans)

10:17pm
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Reblogged from bookmania

Let me remember how it used to be, and bring one morning back again.

— Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (via bookmania)

(via journalofanobody)

10:14pm
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Reblogged from chrysaoraelectrum
chrysaoraelectrum:

Gold and silver damascened cigarette case, Spain, circa 1940.

chrysaoraelectrum:

Gold and silver damascened cigarette case, Spain, circa 1940.

(via inkfromtheoctopus)

9:30pm
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Reblogged from lunacylover
lunacylover:

Archaic Greek kore, limestone sculpture from Athens.

lunacylover:

Archaic Greek kore, limestone sculpture from Athens.

9:01pm
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Reblogged from wordsnquotes

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.

— Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (via wordsnquotes)

(via wildcat2030)

8:30pm
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Reblogged from poppoppopblowblowbubblegum
poppoppopblowblowbubblegum:

bridge across the tigris, mosul, 1911

poppoppopblowblowbubblegum:

bridge across the tigris, mosul, 1911

8:01pm
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Reblogged from blastedheath

Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944), Aquarell für Frau Toni Kirchhoff, 1927. Watercolour and pen and India ink on paper, 9 x 6 7/8 in. (22.9 x 17.4 cm.)

Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944), Aquarell für Frau Toni Kirchhoff, 1927. Watercolour and pen and India ink on paper, 9 x 6 7/8 in. (22.9 x 17.4 cm.)

(Source: blastedheath, via sirobtep)

7:30pm
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The Etana Epic from Mesopotamia
Etana…spoke to the eagle,”O my friend give me the plant of birth, Show me the plant of birth! Remove my shame and provide me with a son!…”
This Old Babylonian tablet records part of the story of the Epic of Etana, a legendary Mesopotamian king. In the epic, three characters pray to the sun god Šamaš for help: Etana, who is childless, prays for a child; an Eagle, who is left immobile after being attacked by a Snake; and a Snake who wants to avenge the death of its children at the hands of the Eagle. Ultimately, Etana must rescue the Eagle who will in return carry him to heaven in search of a magical fertility plant. 
Written in Akkadian, this myth survived into much later periods and is even found on clay tablets from the 7th century BCE in the library of Ashurbanipal. (Source)
Old Babylonian, ca. 1900-1600.
The Morgan Collection.

The Etana Epic from Mesopotamia

Etana…spoke to the eagle,”O my friend give me the plant of birth, Show me the plant of birth! Remove my shame and provide me with a son!…”

This Old Babylonian tablet records part of the story of the Epic of Etana, a legendary Mesopotamian king. In the epic, three characters pray to the sun god Šamaš for help: Etana, who is childless, prays for a child; an Eagle, who is left immobile after being attacked by a Snake; and a Snake who wants to avenge the death of its children at the hands of the Eagle. Ultimately, Etana must rescue the Eagle who will in return carry him to heaven in search of a magical fertility plant. 

Written in Akkadian, this myth survived into much later periods and is even found on clay tablets from the 7th century BCE in the library of Ashurbanipal. (Source)

Old Babylonian, ca. 1900-1600.

The Morgan Collection.

7:10pm
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Reblogged from purplebuddhaproject

Do not wait until all the conditions are perfect for you to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.

—  Alan Cohen (via alicedraper)

(Source: purplebuddhaproject, via yeahwriters)

6:03pm
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Reblogged from ancientpeoples
ancientpeoples:

Textile fragments
c. 100 BC - AD 600
Nasca Culture
(Source: The British Museum)

ancientpeoples:

Textile fragments

c. 100 BC - AD 600

Nasca Culture

(Source: The British Museum)

(via artsybooker)

6:02pm
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Reblogged from fablesandgables
fablesandgables:

An angel, flying, with cup and wine flask - Shah Quli, mid-16th century
Istanbul, Ottoman period 
Ink, color wash and gold on paper, H: 18.0 W: 13.5 cm 

fablesandgables:

An angel, flying, with cup and wine flask - Shah Quli, mid-16th century

Istanbul, Ottoman period 

Ink, color wash and gold on paper, H: 18.0 W: 13.5 cm 

6:01pm
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Reblogged from larmoyante

Sometimes you can only feel something by its absence. By the empty spaces it leaves behind.

— Gayle Forman, Just One Day (via larmoyante)

(via journalofanobody)

5:57pm
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Reblogged from kardiologn
kardiologn:

The Phaistos disk

kardiologn:

The Phaistos disk

5:30pm
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Reblogged from lionofchaeronea
lionofchaeronea:

A monk-cellarer, while filling a jug with wine from a barrel, sneaks a drink for himself.  Illumination from Li Livres dou Santé by Aldobrandino of Siena, France, late 13th century; now in the British Library.

lionofchaeronea:

A monk-cellarer, while filling a jug with wine from a barrel, sneaks a drink for himself.  Illumination from Li Livres dou Santé by Aldobrandino of Siena, France, late 13th century; now in the British Library.

(via thelegendaryhitchhiker)

2:50pm
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Reblogged from theparisreview
theparisreview:

James Boswell had more hobbies than just following around Samuel Johnson; he was also “an inveterate execution goer in an age when such activity was considered prurient for a gentleman … Boswell diligently noted the names and crimes of the condemned: robbery, theft, escaping a prison hulk, forgery and murder. He describes a brother and sister convicted of burglary who met their deaths holding hands, only to be separated when they were cut down from the gallows.” He attended at least twenty-one executions, though they gave him nightmares and depressed him. The best hobbies (e.g., writing) often do.
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

theparisreview:

James Boswell had more hobbies than just following around Samuel Johnson; he was also “an inveterate execution goer in an age when such activity was considered prurient for a gentleman … Boswell diligently noted the names and crimes of the condemned: robbery, theft, escaping a prison hulk, forgery and murder. He describes a brother and sister convicted of burglary who met their deaths holding hands, only to be separated when they were cut down from the gallows.” He attended at least twenty-one executions, though they gave him nightmares and depressed him. The best hobbies (e.g., writing) often do.

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.