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.

July 29, 2014 at 10:55pm
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Reblogged from wordsnquotes

We’re terrible animals. I think that the Earth’s immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should.

— Kurt Vonnegut (via we-are-star-stuff)

(Source: wordsnquotes, via we-are-star-stuff)

10:49pm
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Reblogged from triglifos-y-metopas
triglifos-y-metopas:

Achiles in ambush, fresco.
Tomb of the bulls, Monterozzi Necropolis.
Tarquinia, Italy.
530 B.C.

triglifos-y-metopas:

Achiles in ambush, fresco.

Tomb of the bulls, Monterozzi Necropolis.

Tarquinia, Italy.

530 B.C.

10:44pm
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Reblogged from nygirl68
nygirl68:

The Original Document convening Salem Witch Trials
source:  willsbridgehistoricalwordpress.com

nygirl68:

The Original Document convening Salem Witch Trials

source:  willsbridgehistoricalwordpress.com

10:39pm
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Reblogged from violentwavesofemotion

If I don’t have what I want, I am lonely and sad. And If I do have what I want…I’m sure I’m going to lose it. And the waiting is unbearable.

— Reaching For The Moon (2013) dir. by Bruno Barreto (via violentwavesofemotion)

(via poppoppopblowblowbubblegum)

10:38pm
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Reblogged from greuze
sisyphean-revolt:

Charles Sprague Pearce, The Arab Jeweler, 1882

sisyphean-revolt:

Charles Sprague Pearce, The Arab Jeweler, 1882

(Source: greuze, via valinaraii)

10:34pm
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Reblogged from poppoppopblowblowbubblegum
poppoppopblowblowbubblegum:

"prayer without devotion is like a body without a soul" a shiwiti plaque possibly from iraq, early 20th century

poppoppopblowblowbubblegum:

"prayer without devotion is like a body without a soul" a shiwiti plaque possibly from iraq, early 20th century

(via numantinecitizen)

10:33pm
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Reblogged from greatliteraryquotations

Men willingly believe what they wish.

— 

- Julius Caesar

Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt.”

(via greatliteraryquotations)

(via femmeviva)

10:27pm
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Reblogged from virtual-artifacts
virtual-artifacts:

Handle of a bronze volute-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water) in the form of a Gorgon. Culture/period Western Greek. Date 500BC (circa). Made in: Taranto

virtual-artifacts:

Handle of a bronze volute-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water) in the form of a Gorgon. Culture/period Western Greek. Date 500BC (circa). Made in: Taranto

(via charlielefaux)

10:22pm
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Reblogged from allmesopotamia
allmesopotamia:

Excavation of King Sargon II. palace, Khorsabad, Mesopotamia, 1930s

allmesopotamia:

Excavation of King Sargon II. palace, Khorsabad, Mesopotamia, 1930s

(via ancient-mesopotamia)

10:16pm
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Reblogged from mycolorbook

Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.

— Ashleigh Brilliant (via mycolorbook)

10:11pm
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Reblogged from archiveofaffinities
archiveofaffinities:

John Smythson, A House In Holborn, London, England, 1619

archiveofaffinities:

John Smythson, A House In Holborn, London, England, 1619

(via davidhannafordmitchell)

10:06pm
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Reblogged from jeannepompadour
jeannepompadour:

Ishtar holding her symbol. Terracotta relief, early 2nd millennium B.C. From Eshnunna, Sumeria

jeannepompadour:

Ishtar holding her symbol. Terracotta relief, early 2nd millennium B.C. From Eshnunna, Sumeria

(via numantinecitizen)

5:54pm
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Reblogged from seabois

Let me glimpse inside your velvet bones.

— Edgar Allan Poe, The Collected Letters Of Edgar Allan Poe (via arisa-theempress)

(Source: seabois, via drunk-on-books)

5:51pm
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Reblogged from ancientpeoples
ancientpeoples:

Floor tile
Roman Britain, 1st-4th century ADProbably from London
Inscribed with a sketch of a lighthouse
The sketch appears to show a pharos, a Roman lighthouse. Two such lighthouses flanked the Roman harbour at Dover, the main base of the British fleet. The sketch was scratched onto the tile before firing.
Source: British Museum

ancientpeoples:

Floor tile

Roman Britain, 1st-4th century AD
Probably from London

Inscribed with a sketch of a lighthouse

The sketch appears to show a pharos, a Roman lighthouse. Two such lighthouses flanked the Roman harbour at Dover, the main base of the British fleet. The sketch was scratched onto the tile before firing.

Source: British Museum

(via davidhannafordmitchell)

5:49pm
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Reblogged from mini-girlz
mini-girlz:



Clay Dogu Figure
Found at the Ebisuda Site in Tajiri, Miyagi Prefecture, Final Jomon Period, ca. 1000-300 B.C.E.  Tokyo National Museum
(Image from Bonnie Cheng, Department of Art, Oberlin College)
From Wikipedia: 

The purpose of the Dogū remains unclear but, most likely, the Dogū acted as effigies of people, that manifested some kind of sympathetic magic.  For example, it may have been believed that illnesses could be transferred into the Dogū, then destroyed, clearing the illness, or any other misfortune.

Others suggest that Dogu figures were talismanic objects used in relation to pregnancy and childbirth.  Or she could be an ancient alien in a space suit!
via > wtfarthistory.com

mini-girlz:

Clay Dogu Figure

Found at the Ebisuda Site in Tajiri, Miyagi Prefecture, Final Jomon Period, ca. 1000-300 B.C.E.  Tokyo National Museum

(Image from Bonnie Cheng, Department of Art, Oberlin College)

From Wikipedia: 

The purpose of the Dogū remains unclear but, most likely, the Dogū acted as effigies of people, that manifested some kind of sympathetic magic.  For example, it may have been believed that illnesses could be transferred into the Dogū, then destroyed, clearing the illness, or any other misfortune.

Others suggest that Dogu figures were talismanic objects used in relation to pregnancy and childbirth.  Or she could be an ancient alien in a space suit!

via > wtfarthistory.com