Anonymous Asked:
How do you feel about Persephone & Hades? Do you think they really love each other or that Persephone is miserable being owned by Hades? I just really love their love & I always like hearing people's opinions on them

fyeahgreekmythology:

classicsenthusiast:

fyeahgreekmythology:

i think that’s a complicated issue

first of all, we have to take into account the context of ancient greece. within the ancient greek context, a marriage was seen of a ‘kidnapping’ of a girl from her home with her parents to her new home with her husband, and seen as almost a kind of death - laments were sung at both funerals and weddings, for example. so when we take into account the myth of persephone, within an ancient greek context, it makes a lot more sense as a myth exploring the passage from girlhood to womanhood in an ancient greek context, and the pain that comes along with it as well. 

there is no word for #rape in ancient greek, so i think saying that persephone and hades is a definitive rape narrative is a bit of a misnomer, and doesn’t take into account how the people of that culture would have viewed it - which isn’t as a rape narrative, but rather a marriage narrative (but of course, there’s a lot that can be said about how messed up the view of marriage as a kidnapping is, and the lack of agency that a woman in ancient greece would have had in her choice of husband, which more or less is reflected in the persephone narrative, and also how messed up it is that ancient greek doesn’t have a word for rape in general)

i think the view of her being “miserable being owned by hades”, though, is one that just doesn’t make sense looking at the evidence we have. persephone was the “dread queen of hades” - there is nothing that suggests she is a miserable slave girl, rather she is feared and honored on the same level, if not more, than her husband. it is clear that even if persephone starts out as a frightened girl, that is not how she ends. the view of persephone as a frightened wilting flower is not at all accurate, especially since she is mostly referenced as the powerful, terrifying queen of the underworld.

it’s also important to remember that all the sources we have about persephone come from men, and her cultus was primarily women. the eleusinian mysteries were an initiation rite for girls to womanhood, and presided over by persephone. we have no sources from these women, and have no idea how they viewed persephone’s myth, but it’s clear that something about her resonated deeply with ancient greek women in particular.

one way to interpret persephone’s myth is a venture from weakness to power - that is, she goes from being a lesser goddess of spring to the queen of the underworld. i’m not sure if i entirely agree with that interpretation since i don’t really think the ancient greeks generally were into woman-empowering narratives, but i do like modern reinterpretations that spin it that way.

anyway, tl;dr: i think we need to take into account the culture at the time, and realize that persephone’s story was not at the time viewed as a #rape story but a typical marriage story, and was mostly meant for young girls who were transitioning into womanhood, and it’s clear from other sources that persephone is a powerful figure and not a wounded flower. 

Wonderful post! I’d like to add only that scholars believe that the Eleusinian Mysteries were practiced by people of all sexes and occupations (even slaves, scandalously), not only young women. Though they were in honor of Demeter in her search for Persephone and how she came to Eleusis, we know very little about their rites beyond a grand procession of initiates (mystai) and initiated, of something secret (possibly sacred objects) being revealed to those mystai during their initiation, and some fasting and other symbolic actions related to the myth of Demeter and Kore.

hey, i actually didn’t know that! thanks for the knowledge drop. i knew very little was known about them, but i didn’t know anyone could be involved

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Her life was like a plot from a movie. In Villeperdue, still wearing men’s clothing, she was insulted by a young nobleman. They fought a duel and she drove her blade through his shoulder. The next day, she asked about his health and found out he was Louis-Joseph d’Albert Luynes, son of the Duke of Luynes. Later, one of his companions came to offer d’Albert’s apologies. She went to his room and subsequently they became lovers and, later, lifelong friends.

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Her life was like a plot from a movie. In Villeperdue, still wearing men’s clothing, she was insulted by a young nobleman. They fought a duel and she drove her blade through his shoulder. The next day, she asked about his health and found out he was Louis-Joseph d’Albert Luynes, son of the Duke of Luynes. Later, one of his companions came to offer d’Albert’s apologies. She went to his room and subsequently they became lovers and, later, lifelong friends.

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Georgia Police Kill Diabetic Black Man After Family Calls 911 Requesting Ambulance

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A woman called 911 for an ambulance because she was worried that her 43-year-old fiance Jack Lamar Roberson was having complications with his diabetes. Instead, a police car showed up, and the officers walked inside and shot him four times. Roberson was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot. His whole family - including his 8-year-old daughter - saw it happen.

Last year, the same county police force was responsible for the shooting of a 26-year-old unarmed black man. All officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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I’m sick.

How can they even justify this?

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The Lions Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago) and are among some of the oldest surviving species in the world.
Absolutely wow.

I’m going to cry

that is absolutely horrifying.

HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT THING!

Why am I finding out about this now??

"Foolish creature of the flesh. I am ancient. I am forever. I have seen Empires rise and fall. I have seen entire species wither to cinders. I have seen the depths and the cold and the abyss that lay beyond. You are no more a nuisance to me than plankton. You are so insignificant, and I am so exquisitely eternal that I am the closest thing you will have to a God."-What I imagine the jellyfish would say to a human

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ON THESE MOTHERFUCKERS


That is horrifying.

If that’s scary, than say hello to my little friend, the “Stygiomedusa gigantea.” This guy has only been spotted 18 times, and filmed only twice.Its is also about 6 meters long and about a meter wide. Sadly it doesn’t have stingers, but it will still eat. It kinda just engulfs all it’s prey. I’m not real sure.Aren’t Jellyfish so great? Because I think they are evil.

I WANT A SPONGEBOB EPISODE ABOUT THIS

rastafarifit:

okoyasu:

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chiltonomics:

the-lost-time-lord:

viitypesofeverything:

tekeli-li-tekeli-li:

hoopxo:

qoax:

sociallubrication:

The Lions Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago) and are among some of the oldest surviving species in the world.

Absolutely wow.

I’m going to cry

that is absolutely horrifying.

HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT THING!

Why am I finding out about this now??

"Foolish creature of the flesh. I am ancient. I am forever. I have seen Empires rise and fall. I have seen entire species wither to cinders. I have seen the depths and the cold and the abyss that lay beyond. You are no more a nuisance to me than plankton. You are so insignificant, and I am so exquisitely eternal that I am the closest thing you will have to a God."
-What I imagine the jellyfish would say to a human

DON’T

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GET ME STARTED

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ON THESE MOTHERFUCKERS

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That is horrifying.

If that’s scary, than say hello to my little friend, the “Stygiomedusa gigantea.” 
This guy has only been spotted 18 times, and filmed only twice.
Its is also about 6 meters long and about a meter wide. 
Sadly it doesn’t have stingers, but it will still eat. It kinda just engulfs all it’s prey. I’m not real sure.

Aren’t Jellyfish so great? Because I think they are evil.

I WANT A SPONGEBOB EPISODE ABOUT THIS

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cnuculator:

writhing pile of cat children. disgusting

i’m going to throw up.

jesus christ the PURRING 

I feel like I just gained another year on my life from this.

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