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apriki:

biblical otps - Ahasuerus (Xerxes) and Esther


Esther was an Israelite girl who would become the queen consort of Persian Emperor Ahasuerus (often assimilated with Persian ruler Xerxes). Esther, an orphan who had been raised being raised by her uncle Mordecai, was chosen by the emperor to be his queen for her fair beauty and humble nature.

Esther’s most famous trial as queen would occur when Haman, a member of royal court, convinced the Emperor to order the death of all Israelites in the Empire. Encouraged by her uncle to petition her husband, Esther hesitated out of fear for her own life but eventually approached the Emperor.

When the king saw “Esther the queen standing in the court”, he was pleased with her and held out his scepter to her, thus saving her from death and indicating that he accepted her visit. She came forward and touched his scepter. The king then asked Esther her will, and what her petition and request of him was, promising to grant even up to half his kingdom should she ask it. Esther pleaded her case and, although the Emperor could not overturn what he had previously made into law, he decreed a new law that stated the Israelites could arm themselves and fight back should anyone attack them.

Posted on April 21 with 155 notes at 8:00 am
#biblical mythology #Xerxes #Esther

apriki:

biblical otps - David and Johnathan


David and Jonathan were heroic figures of the ancient Kingdom of Israel, whose friendship is one of the most famous in the Biblical canon. Jonathan was the son of Saul, king of Israel, and David was the son of Jesse of Bethlehem, Jonathan’s presumed rival for the crown.

After David slays Goliath at the Valley of Elah, he is brought before King Saul, whilst still holding Goliath’s severed head. Here he meets Jonathan, who takes an immediate liking to David and the two form a covenant:

"Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself. Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself."

David would later become King of Israel, and Johnathan would serve faithfully at his side until his death.

Posted on April 21 with 182 notes at 5:20 am
#biblical mythology #David #Johnathan

apriki:

biblical otps - Samson and Delilah


One of the most famous couples in the Bible, Samson and Delilah’s story is a classic parable from the book of Judges. Samson, one of the eponymous judges, was an Israelite given superhuman strength by god to perform wonderous feats and protect his people. His strength came from his hair, which he never cut out of fear of losing his power.

Eventually, Samson would fall in love with a woman named Delilah - a Philistine, who were the enemies of his people. The Philistine rulers approached Delilah and coaxed her to try to find the secret of Samson’s strength. Samson, not wanting to reveal the secret, teased her, telling her that he will lose his strength should he be bound with fresh bowstrings. She did so while he slept, but when he woke up he snapped the strings. She persisted, and he tells her he can be bound with new ropes. She ties him up with new ropes while he sleeps, and he snaps them, too. Eventually Samson tells Delilah that he will lose his strength with the loss of his hair. Delilah relays this information to the Philistines, who cut Samson’s hair and, having thus weakened him, blind him as well.

Samson would later regain his strength and tear down the columns of a Philistine temple, killing himself and many others in the process. Delilah’s fate is not known.

Posted on April 21 with 242 notes at 2:40 am
#biblical mythology #Samson #Delilah

apriki:

biblical otps - King Solomon and The Queen of Sheba


Solomon was an ancient Israelite King and the son of David. He is credited with the building of the First Temple and is thought to have been a wealthy and popular ruler. The Queen of Sheba was queen regnant of the ancient kingdom of Sheba, thought to span from modern Ethiopia to Yemen. She is one of the few female rulers mentioned in the Bible.

Legend states that the Queen of Sheba (often named Makeda) visited King Solomon in ancient Jerusalem. There he introduced and then converted her to monotheism.

Further legends tell of Solomon inviting the Queen of Sheba to a banquet, serving spicy food to induce her thirst, and then allowing her to stay in his palace overnight. Solomon then presented the Queen of Sheba with a wager: if she were to take anything from his palace, they would spend the night together. The Queen, knowing that she, a wealthy monarch, would have no reason to steal anything, agreed. Later, the queen woke in the middle of the night and went in search of water to slake her thirst. Solomon, who had been waiting for her, told her that if she took water from his palace, she would be breaking her oath.

She drank the water. They spent the night together.

Posted on April 20 with 294 notes at 9:33 pm
#biblical mythology #queen of sheba #king solomon
mistresseswholunch:

Metamorphoses of Goddesses: Caterina de’ Medici (1519-1589)


Caterina was a child of the Medici court, and brought the intellectual world of the Italian Renaissance to France. She was immersed in a world of talismans and practical magic, as Voltaire later wrote that Caterina’s court was “a mix of luxury, intrigues, courtesies and debaucheries, of plots, of superstition, and of atheism. Never before had the madness of witchcraft enjoyed such currency.”

The spell of which the French considered themselves to be the victims of in the fragmented period of nearly forty years (Caterina had to stand in four times for the monarch — her husband, Henry II, her son Charles IX, and her third son, Henry III) was the absolute power that Caterina de’ Medici exerted over her children, which aroused the suspicion that she had made a pact with the devil. Following the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the widow’s weeds Caterina always wore after the death of Henry II became the symbol of the Black Queen. An anonymous pamphlet titled Discours merveilleux de la vie, actions et deportements de Catherine de Médicis, Royme mère was published in 1575, describing Caterina as a ‘tyrant’ who violated the Salic Law, a fault compounded by the fact that she was a Florentine who, secretly, plotting in the shadows, did not hesitate to put Machiavelli’s precepts into practice:

As those who have frequented them all their lives have stated, for the most part the Florentines have little concern for their conscience, want to seem religious without being so, love no one but themselves, envy and mortally hate all those who have something more than they in virtue, nobility or other good qualities, and above all those towards whom they are obliged, although they show themselves to be friendly with all as a matter of ceremony. The Medici posses the quintessence of all these good qualities observed by all the historians of our times.


— (Discours merveilleux, pp. 7–8)
— (Women in Power: Caterina and Maria de’ Medici)

mistresseswholunch:

Metamorphoses of Goddesses: Caterina de’ Medici (1519-1589)

Caterina was a child of the Medici court, and brought the intellectual world of the Italian Renaissance to France. She was immersed in a world of talismans and practical magic, as Voltaire later wrote that Caterina’s court was “a mix of luxury, intrigues, courtesies and debaucheries, of plots, of superstition, and of atheism. Never before had the madness of witchcraft enjoyed such currency.”

The spell of which the French considered themselves to be the victims of in the fragmented period of nearly forty years (Caterina had to stand in four times for the monarch — her husband, Henry II, her son Charles IX, and her third son, Henry III) was the absolute power that Caterina de’ Medici exerted over her children, which aroused the suspicion that she had made a pact with the devil. Following the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the widow’s weeds Caterina always wore after the death of Henry II became the symbol of the Black Queen. An anonymous pamphlet titled Discours merveilleux de la vie, actions et deportements de Catherine de Médicis, Royme mère was published in 1575, describing Caterina as a ‘tyrant’ who violated the Salic Law, a fault compounded by the fact that she was a Florentine who, secretly, plotting in the shadows, did not hesitate to put Machiavelli’s precepts into practice:

As those who have frequented them all their lives have stated, for the most part the Florentines have little concern for their conscience, want to seem religious without being so, love no one but themselves, envy and mortally hate all those who have something more than they in virtue, nobility or other good qualities, and above all those towards whom they are obliged, although they show themselves to be friendly with all as a matter of ceremony. The Medici posses the quintessence of all these good qualities observed by all the historians of our times.

— (Discours merveilleux, pp. 7–8)
— (Women in Power: Caterina and Maria de’ Medici)

Posted on April 19 with 50 notes at 1:20 pm
#Caterina de Medici #1500s #history

ladycassanabaratheon:

we still are bound together

Posted on April 19 with 58 notes at 10:40 am
#freyja #freyr #norse mythology

  The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) by Hans Christian Andersen (x)

"Far out in the ocean the water is as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass. But it is very deep too. It goes down deeper than any anchor rope will go, and many, many steeples would have to be stacked one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea. It is down there that the sea folk live."

Posted on April 19 with 502 notes at 8:01 am
#the little mermaid #fairy tales

facina-oris:

MYTHOLOGY MEME - [1/?] EGYPTIAN GODS/GODDESSES: BASTET

"My Goddess -Cat, with cold intuitive heart,

I feel your moon-breaths oread on me above.

Let me touch your silver glow circle,

make my mind open for this wonder.” 

Posted on April 18 with 1,659 notes at 9:20 pm
#bastet #egyptian mythology

ladycassanabaratheon:

܀ history meme ܀ seven dynastiesHouse of Medici {14 - 18 century} (2/7)

Originally from Tuscany (where a branch also remained), the Medici family rose in the 14th century, basing themselves mainly in the Republic of Florence through Cosimo de Medici. Their system of banking became the largest in Europe in the 15th century and allowed for them to become one of the most predominate families politically within Italy and abroad - with members becoming cardinals, popes and monarchs. They have become attributed as a dynasty that highlights the Italian Renaissance, making alliances with other houses such as the Sforza, Este, Gonzaga and Visconti and brought about a number of well known and influential men and women from within the family as well as ones under their patronage.  

Some notable figures: Cosimo de Medici, Lorenzo ‘the Magnificent’ de Medici, Pope Leo X, Catherine de Medici (Queen of France), Isabella de Medici, Marie de Medici (Queen of France). 

Posted on April 18 with 1,173 notes at 5:43 pm
#history #1300s #1400s #1500s #1600s #1700s

…long may I reign.

(Source: droo216)

#disney fairy tales

Make me choose between…
Anonymous asked: House of Medici or House of Sforza?

Posted on April 5 with 1,079 notes at 11:52 pm
#lorenzo de medici #clarice orsini #catherine de medici #giuliano de medici #history #1400s #1500s #1600s #1700s
Augustus rules again as Rome acts to restore lost mausoleum

archaeologicalnews:

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He was Rome’s first emperor, the founder of a world-dominating imperial dynasty, and a builder of roads and stunning temples who brought peace to a far-flung empire; a man so powerful the Roman senate named a month after him. Now, on the 2,000th anniversary of the death of the emperor Augustus, the city of Rome is getting ready to honour its favourite son by saving his mausoleum from shocking neglect.

Built in 28BC and as broad as a city block, the cylindrical mausoleum has seen better days after being sacked, bombed and built upon down the centuries. It was used as a bullfighting ring and a concert hall before it was finally abandoned, recently becoming a hangout for prostitutes and a handy toilet for tramps. Read more.

Posted on March 31 with 262 notes at 9:01 pm
#archaeology #augustus #1st century bc #1st century ad #history

facina-oris:

MYTHOLOGY MEME - [10/?] NORSE GODS/GODDESSES: SIGYN

"Hail to Sigyn, devoted wife and mother

Comforter to the forsaken

She, who embodies patience,

and braves all unearned scorn.”

Posted on March 31 with 490 notes at 5:20 am
#Sigyn #Norse Mythology

patrocluz:

MYTHOLOGY MEME(2/2) Mythological Objects

According to Greek mythology, Ariadne was willing to help Theseus find his way out of the Labyrinth. In exchange Theseus promised to marry her and take her back to Athens. Ariadne gave him a BALL OF THREAD and told him to secure one end at the entrance to the Labyrinth. He could then unravel the ball as he made his way. By following the thread Theseus would be able to find the way back to the entrance.

Theseus slowly made his way through the Labyrinth, unravelling the ball as he went. He encountered the Minotaur, and after a struggle slew the beast. Together with the others he followed the thread back to the entrance and out of the Labyrinth.

Posted on March 31 with 6,894 notes at 2:41 am
#ariadne #greek mythology