Évolution inversée

“As incandescent as was her personality, Cleopatra was every bit Caesar’s equal as a coolheaded, clear-eyed pragmatist, though what passed on his part as strategy would be remembered on hers as manipulation.”

Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff 

This line encompasses so much about the historiography of Cleopatra – and not only Cleopatra, but countless women throughout history who’ve done the same thing/s as the men around them and had it painted negatively.  Cleopatra and Caesar largely met as equals in terms of social standing, and despite the three-decade age difference, it is consistently Cleopatra blamed for seduction against poor helpless Caesar.  She saw in Caesar a means to secure her throne, and she took it, in so many more ways than just her sexuality – she offered him soldiers, money, etc, in return for his support against those who would depose and kill her (you know, her family).  It was Caesar who lingered for months in Egypt after the civil war was over, Caesar who had far less to lose; Egypt remained a location important in Roman affairs, and having an ally on the throne as opposed to someone hostile was super important, especially given the number of resources (without Egyptian grain, Rome could literally starve).  Theirs was a largely mutual beneficial relationship at the time, regardless of the level of intimacy that would develop.  Both parties brought something to the table.

And that’s literally only the start of her story as queen in her own right, the strategies she wove, the people she worked with, before she even hit the age of twenty-two. (via tiny-librarian)

@KarenGillan2: pop tarts are looking at me funny. i am not having one. they are bad. BAD pop tarts.

call it magic, call it truth


"Beware of the Weeping Angels."

  • Benvolio: In love?
  • Romeo: Out.
  • Benvolio: Of love?
  • Romeo: Out of her favor where I am in love.
  • Benvolio: *looks into the camera like he's on The Office*


Do you ever just like flex your foot wrong and it cramps and you’re just like this is it, this is how it ends 

Cersei Lannister in “The Lion and the Rose” (x)

You are in an open field. On one side of you is a deep pit, filled with bones and ashes and hellish things. On the other side is your house, yours sons, the Fjord, and the sunlight is striking the snow high on the mountains. If you want to reach your house, then you must push the baby out as Freya would. Let him rip you, but push out. Choose life.

top three Lee Pace characters | #2: Roy Walker/The Red Bandit (The Fall)

04.18.2014 / 274 notes / leepacey


Fuck you and your shoulder waist ratio indeed.


How to effectively give yourself a headache, step 1

Anyhow, the program I was working in had a memory crash and I almost lost everything, but I managed to salvage a compressed png of the original file. Long story short, it screwed my chances at rearranging any large groups. So I’ll have to make due with a separate system to mark down relations that span out to the other side.. Ah well.

I only planned for 1930’s-early novels by the way and perhaps Children of the Bottle.