rosalarian:

hardcorehousewife:

well dollskill was just taken off my list of all time favorite stores….

Sadly, this IS the norm culture. This isn’t edgy at all. You see this everywhere. Dollskill, don’t act like you’re some kind of special rebel when you’re literally upholding age-old white power structures.

"You are one hot native!!!"

Said the edgy, modern young company literally repeating slave trade era rhetoric.

wow way to represent my heritage, there.


bag-of-dirt:

Two interned Roma (Gypsy) boys are forced to play violins for departing and arriving detainees at a camp (possibly Beaune-la-Rolande transit camp or Pithiviers internment camp) in German-occupied France. German soldiers and a French policeman stand behind and watch. The genocide of Roma people in Europe during the war cost the lives approximately 220,000 to 1,500,000, most of whom died in concentration camps, with thousands more interned in camps and ghettos throughout occupied territories. This would become known to the Roma as the Porajmos; meaning “the devouring” or “the destruction” in the Romani language. France. Circa 1940-1944.

bag-of-dirt:

Two interned Roma (Gypsy) boys are forced to play violins for departing and arriving detainees at a camp (possibly Beaune-la-Rolande transit camp or Pithiviers internment camp) in German-occupied France. German soldiers and a French policeman stand behind and watch. The genocide of Roma people in Europe during the war cost the lives approximately 220,000 to 1,500,000, most of whom died in concentration camps, with thousands more interned in camps and ghettos throughout occupied territories. This would become known to the Roma as the Porajmos; meaningthe devouring” or “the destruction” in the Romani language. France. Circa 1940-1944.

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however-whatever-whenever:

Radio Times 4-10 October 2014

Guys?  Guys?  Are we all forgetting that in series 1 Lady Mary not only had premarital sex, but also KILLED A MAN WITH HER BUTT?
Why is anyone shocked?

however-whatever-whenever:

Radio Times 4-10 October 2014

Guys?  Guys?  Are we all forgetting that in series 1 Lady Mary not only had premarital sex, but also KILLED A MAN WITH HER BUTT?

Why is anyone shocked?

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liselotte-e:

Some of the postcards available in my my etsy shop.

I love this artist so much!!!!


rakaizombie:

entiredog:

if you thinks aliens follow the human gender binary you need to really rethink things

"human gender binary" i think you mean western gender binary which was forced upon the rest of the world by gunpoint

Or, your know, by ravenous dogs.  Whatever weapon they had to hand, really.

x

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magictransistor:

Wunderzeichenbuch (The Book of Miracles) Augsburg, ca. 1552.

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tardiscrash:

notpulpcovers:

Fantastic Story Magazine / Illustration 5 http://flic.kr/p/nMsw1a

but i want to tease

tardiscrash:

notpulpcovers:

Fantastic Story Magazine / Illustration 5 http://flic.kr/p/nMsw1a

but i want to tease

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Q
you look great! alot of guys like myself prefer a women with your type of figure! :)
A

artifuss:

Oh boy. Here we go.

First of all, thank you! Yes, I do look good.

I also know that many people are attracted to different body types. I get hit on (a lot) and I go on dates (a lot), and I have a job that is very much about my body. I get paid to take off my clothes. 

I also do not care what men think of me and my body. It is mine, not theirs to consume. I do not seek approval or validation from anyone else, and I am especially uninterested in men who think that it’s really charitable of them to want to fuck me. What men prefer is none of my business. I prefer my body, and that’s the only thing that matters.

I love how he says it like you have no idea.


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saathi1013:

the-monae:

The Crown of 14 Towers

shut. upppp

fuck yesss

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acynicaloptimist:

Arthur Cravan
Poet, boxer, dandy, nephew of Oscar WildeVanished in a sailboat near the coast of Mexico

acynicaloptimist:

Arthur Cravan

Poet, boxer, dandy, nephew of Oscar Wilde
Vanished in a sailboat near the coast of Mexico

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bedlamburlesque:

Sideshow legend, actor, singer, drummer, black belt, raconteur: Mat Fraser, aka Sealboy, 2013 (photos by David L. Byrd)

Utter Hero.  This man gives me tingles and makes me feel like a shy schoolboy (and I’ve told him as much).  Look for him on AHS and Quills too!

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Q
Hi, i don't know if this is too early for you, but is there any record of free black people in Roman times, specifically pre-empire? My father was saying that it was "very unlikely" for it to have been, but i think otherwise.
A

medievalpoc:

clichedexposition:

medievalpoc:

*sigh*

This is just another example of the overwhelmingly pervasive idea in our culture that no matter where or when you go in history, anyone who wasn’t Black and who SAW a Black person immediately thought, “Hey! Thisperson and everyone on earth who looks anything like them would make great slaves!” So…before we play remedial education, can we all take a moment to think about how horrible that is? That the idea of Black people=slaves is SO dominant that we project it into ancient history???

Okay, first of all, slavery in the Ancient Mediterranean was not the same as American chattel slavery. It was not race-based slavery. Your race had nothing to do with whether or not you were enslaved.

Basically, what you’re asking about (roughly) is the Hellenistic Era.

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After Alexander the Great’s ventures in the Persian Empire, Hellenistic kingdoms were established throughout south-west Asia (Seleucid Empire, Kingdom of Pergamon) and north-east Africa (Ptolemaic Kingdom).

This resulted in the export of Greek culture and language to these new realms, and moreover Greek colonists themselves.

Equally, however, these new kingdoms were influenced by the indigenous cultures, adopting local practices where beneficial, necessary, or convenient. Hellenistic culture thus represents a fusion of the Ancient Greek world with that of the Near East, Middle East, and Southwest Asia, and a departure from earlier Greek attitudes towards “barbarian” cultures.

The Hellenistic period was characterized by a new wave of Greek colonization (as distinguished from that occurring in the 8th–6th centuries BC) which established Greek cities and kingdoms in Asia and Africa. Those new cities were composed of Greek colonists who came from different parts of the Greek world, and not, as before, from a specific “mother city”.

As explained above, what you would have had is a “melting pot” of many different languages, “races”, cultures, schools of art, ethnicities, et cetera.

The art of this period reflects that.

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Greek architects and sculptors were highly valued throughout the Hellenistic world. Shown on the left is a terra-cotta statuette of a draped young woman, made as a tomb offering near Thebes, probably around 300 BCE. The incursion of Alexander into the western part of India resulted in some Greek cultural influences there, especially during the Hellenistic era. During the first century BCE., Indian sculptors in Gandhara, which today is part of Pakistan, began to create statues of the Buddha. The Buddhist Gandharan style combined Indian and Hellenistic artistic traditions, which is evident in the stone sculpture of the Buddha on the right. Note the wavy hair topped by a bun tied with a ribbon, also a feature of earlier statues of Greek deities. This Buddha is also wearing a Greek-style toga.

-Essential World History by Duiker, Spielvogel, p. 101

As for trade routed in the Ancient World, well. The Silk Road has existed for pretty much as long as the continents have been in their current configuration and populated by humanity. I’m not exaggerating-the prehistoric version of what became known as the Silk Road is known as The Steppe Road. The Silk Road ITSELF was established for trading purposes at least 2,000 years ago. Here’s a mockup of the Silk Road as it existed during the era you’re asking about:

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Here are some Hellenistic Era Greek artworks that feature Black people. There is NO correlation in this era between a person being Black and a person being enslaved.

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In general, Greek attitudes towards anyone with Black or dark brown skin were sort of ethnocentric, but not negative OR associated with slavery. After all, the idea of “white people” wouldn’t exist for another 1,500 years at LEAST.

Before Color Prejudice: The Ancient View of Blacks by Frank M. Snowden contains many, MANY invaluable interpretations and translations of primary sources that help to really explore attitudes and philosophies that the people in the time had about appearance, human difference, and personality traits. From page 86:

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If you want something a bit more definitive, The Image of the Black in Western Art Vol. 1:From the Pharaohs to the Roman Empire explores the Greek and Roman preoccupation with physical type+personality traits as a form of PROTO-racism, but please note that nothing in their writing or art indicated the association of Blackness or Black skin with slaves or enslavement/enslavability:

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"Race" as we have this concept today did not exist then. the "races" they are talking about have to do with ethnicity and culture, NOT skin color by necessity. In addition, the "proto-racist" writing is describing geographical origin and climate to correlate with personality type, with the “perfect balance” being conveniently, Greeks.

As for the beginnings of the Roman Empire, the above is wehre you’re pretty much starting from, and then you have EVEN MORE intermixing between peoples. Including the Emperor born in the Roman Province of “Africa”, Septimius Severus, who led a campaign of additional conquering there around 200 C.E.

He then of course sent tens of thousands of Roman soldiers up directly into Britain and Scotland, and there are extensive records of Black military legions at Hadrian’s Wall in the 3rd century. Incidentally, leading to a rather multicultural population in Roman York (England), which is also extensively documented (Ivory Bangle Lady, one of the richest women in that area at that time, was definitely of African descent).

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This would have been the Roman Empire about 100-200 years before the time of Ivory Bangle Lady. Excavations in the area combined with the cutting edge of academia and science combined have this to say:

"We’re looking at a population mix which is much closer to contemporary Britain than previous historians had suspected," Hella Eckhardt, senior lecturer at the department of archaeology at Reading University, said. "In the case of York, the Roman population may have had more diverse origins than the city has now.”

Isotope evidence suggests that up to 20% were probably long distance migrants. Some were African or had African ancestors, including the woman dubbed “the ivory bangle lady”, whose bone analysis shows she was brought up in a warmer climate, and whose skull shape suggests mixed ancestry including black features.

"We can’t tell if she was independently wealthy, or the wife or daughter of a wealthy man — but the bones show that she was young, between 18 and 23, and healthy with no obvious sign of disease or cause of death."

The authors comment: "The case of the ‘ivory bangle lady’ contradicts assumptions that may derive from more recent historical experience, namely that immigrants are low status and male, and that African individuals are likely to have been slaves. Instead, it is clear that both women and children moved across the Empire, often associated with the military."

Feel free to go tell your dad he’s full of it.

TLDR:

Race as it is most often defined (skin color) is a relatively new concept.

Slavery based on race is an even newer concept.

Yet more evidence modern humanity SUCKS.

Well, here’s the thing. A lot of people seem to think it’s “wrong” or “ahistorical” of me to “project modern views of race” onto the past. My point is and always has been that this already happens. The above is just one example of of how this happens, and yet the majority of Americans (and I’m sure people elsewhere as well) believe that race determined status in Classical Antiquity, the Roman Empire, pretty much everywhere and every when.

To the point where it’s like walking into an avalanche uphill trying to say any different. We all owe it to ourselves and everyone else to think about WHY that is.


ohdeargodwhy:

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell’d skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in:
And with the juice of this I’ll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies.
Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove:
A sweet Athenian lady is in love
With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes;
But do it when the next thing he espies
May be the lady: thou shalt know the man
By the Athenian garments he hath on.
Effect it with some care, that he may prove
More fond on her than she upon her love:
And look thou meet me ere the first cock crow.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2, Scene 1

OH MY GOODNESS.

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vertigo1871:

Paul Hoecker, Bacchant, “Jugend”, XXVI, 1904

vertigo1871:

Paul Hoecker, Bacchant, “Jugend”, XXVI, 1904

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