The Ancient World

Submissions are now open!

theancientworld:

It’s been decided! The Ancient World will now be open to submissions of long fiction (possibly posted in a series of posts), short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and poetry. Any and all are welcome to submit. Please mind the grammar, spelling, and punctuation and adhere to the genre of ancient…

volchitza:

literature meme | [1/1] epic: The Iliad

The Iliad (sometimes referred to as the Song of Ilion or Song of Ilium) is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.

Along with the Odyssey, the Iliad is among the oldest extant works of Western literature, and its written version is usually dated to around the eighth century BC.

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tammuz:

Glazed bricks with a palmette motif from the ancient city of Susa dating back to the Achaemenid period in the 5th-4th century BCE. The bricks and motif are a trademark of ancient Babylon and can still be seen today on the walls of Ishtar Gate. When the Achaemenids made Babylon their royal capital, its famous glazed bricks and decorative motifs served as a model for the whole empire including the city of Susa. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.
Photo by Babylon Chronicle

tammuz:

Glazed bricks with a palmette motif from the ancient city of Susa dating back to the Achaemenid period in the 5th-4th century BCE. The bricks and motif are a trademark of ancient Babylon and can still be seen today on the walls of Ishtar Gate. When the Achaemenids made Babylon their royal capital, its famous glazed bricks and decorative motifs served as a model for the whole empire including the city of Susa. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.

Photo by Babylon Chronicle

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Ancient Puppy Paw Prints Found on Roman Tiles

archaeologicalnews:

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The paw prints and hoof prints of a few meddlesome animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archeologists in England.

"They are beautiful finds, as they represent a snapshot, a single moment in history," said Nick Daffern, a senior project.

Excellent point! Artifacts like these typify the beauty found in archaeology, it is something so familiar yet so temporally distant from us. Furthermore, D’AAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW. Roman Puppies.

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Obituary for Creusa

“To my beloved wife,

You were an amazing baker, a weaver of fine things, a finer mother,

But you weren’t very….fast

From day to day you worked hard and were always filled with love and warmth, but would it have hurt to go for a jog once in a while?

You will be missed dearly, but I would like to state on the record, that I cannot be blamed for a lack of personal fitness.

When the walls of Troy were breached, when the Greeks rained down fire and arrows, I bravely lead the charge to the back gate. With flailing arms and brave battle squeal, I must have been a shining beacon to follow through the fray. So how then my dear wife, how did you get lost?

When we reached the gate you were gone, and I looked for you for at Least five minutes, which I assume many would agree is reasonable. You had vanished my dear, lost forever, if only your sandals had been more padded, your tunic a bit lighter, your hair a bit more aerodynamic!

Farewell my dear wife, you will not be forgotten (a second time) for as long as I live, or for as long as I do not land anywhere that I may become king through marriage.

-          Your Aeneas”

Creusa, first wife of Aeneas, died this weekend when she was lost mid-evacuation at Troy. FEMA experts blame the tragedy as a whole on a lack of the ‘buddy-system’. In future invasions, government officials would like to remind families to link arms as they flee for their lives. Creusa is survived by her husband, son, father in law, and the next two women her husband will marry in very short succession. She will be remembered by very few, and even by them as just a plot point. For this, we remember Creusa here as best we can, as yet another character with the short end of the stick.

Submissions are now open!

It’s been decided! The Ancient World will now be open to submissions of long fiction (possibly posted in a series of posts), short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and poetry. Any and all are welcome to submit. Please mind the grammar, spelling, and punctuation and adhere to the genre of ancient mythology or history. Include in your submission a byline and any credit/bio information you’d like posted along with your work.

I look forward to reading and sharing your creative works regarding the ancient world. I also look forward to posting some of my own, if there is any interest.

Submissions are now open!

Sincerely,

The Ancient World

A Question for the Followers of the Ancient World

Do any followers of this blog know of an established tumblr for original fictional works relating to the ancient world? Poems, fiction, flash fiction with themes, characters or settings from mythology or ancient history?

If not, I’d like thoughts on any interest in posting such user contributed contemporary content on this blog. To this point this blog has been almost strictly informational: images, non fiction links, quotes and discussion.

What are your opinions on expanding the content of this blog to include some occasional fiction and poetry submitted by yourselves and some of my own writing all within the theme of ancient history? Would anyone have something to submit if so?

Edit: It’s been decided! The Ancient World will now be open to submissions of long fiction (possibly posted in a series of posts), short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and poetry. Any and all are welcome to submit. Please mind the grammar, spelling, and punctuation and adhere to the genre of ancient mythology or history. Include in your submission a byline and any credit/bio information you’d like posted along with your work.

I look forward to reading and sharing your creative works regarding the ancient world. I also look forward to posting some of my own, if there is any interest.

Submissions are now open!

Sincerely,

The Ancient World

Young girl reading
Roman
Bronze statuette after a Hellenistic model
Photographer: Marie-Lan Nguyen
Cabinet des Médailles

Young girl reading

Roman

Bronze statuette after a Hellenistic model

Photographer: Marie-Lan Nguyen

Cabinet des Médailles