Discovery

Egypt uncovers ancient necropolis south of Cairo

Archaeologist have found a ancient necropolis:

containing 40 stone sarcophagi, about 1,000 small statues and a necklace charm bearing the hieroglyphic inscription “happy new year”.

They are hoping with this new discovery (as well as others) that it will attract people/tourist to come back to Egypt. Every since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The tourism industry has been affected.

Ancient Cities

Everyone who knows me and have been reading my Blog for a while knows just how much I love anything “ancient”. Although I am very happy with modern medications and we are more aware of how to be healthy. I think it’s just always a fascinating thing when you think about how much of the Earth we’ve discovered and we are still discovering things!

An ancient city has been discovered in the middle of the ocean

Ancient ruins in the middle of the Pacific ocean could be the remenants of a legendary race or dare we say….Atlantis.

Clips from the Science Channel series What on Earth? reveal images of a mysterious location just off the coast of the tiny nation of Micronesia.

The remote island of Pohnpei is home to the archaeological site of Nan Madol, yet very little is known about the area and the ruins that reside there.

The Greek Gods of Olympus Book Tag

(Re-edit/Rehsare: When I first initially shared this I had not completed it because I had come down with an anxiety attack and I’ve never had one before. So I’ve been trying to recover from that. Which meant looking at a computer screen was screwing me up a little bit. So I have now been able to recover a bit and have now been able to finish this off …

Let’s make this fun!)

Well we all know how much I just love Ancient Cultures so I would really love to thank  Victorious Pages – (Greek Gods of Olympus Book Tag link) You also might find that a lot of my answers are either LotR or The Hobbit related,lol

QUESTIONS:

Zeus: Name your favourite fictional leader, good or bad?

I have had real trouble with this one because I have just have so many favourite fictional leaders. However, I’ve decided to go with Aslan the “great Lion” from the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis series. I went with Aslan because he is similar to Zeus, kind of, he’s a lot more kinder than Zeus though. Actually Aslan is kind of a better leader then Zeus really.

Hera: Who are your favourite fictional parents?

I actually have had real trouble trying to find think of some parents. Mainly because a lot of the books I’ve read, the parents usually are at the cause root of the main characters problems. I don’t want to go with the Weasleys again.

Demeter: What fictional food would you like to try?

I love the idea of Peter Pan food, mainly because you can just imagine anything that you want…I would have seafood and lasagna…all the time!

Poseidon: Name a book where water is central, either in setting or plot.

This is an interesting question, because I had to go and research this one. I just could not remember a story where Water is central. There is a story I read in High School where water is apart of the story, but not much “central” so I hope it counts. It also involved the God Poseidon himself, “The Odyssey”. The Odyssey takes place AFTER the sacking of Troy and the death of Achilles. Odysseus foolishly proclaims that he solved the problem to their War, when it was in fact Poseidon who had come up with the solution to make the horse. To punish Odysseus’s, Poseidon veers Odysseus boat off so far that he ends up not returning to Ithaca, his home, for over ten years. That only happened because Athena stepped in. I guess this story has a lot of “Water” theme’s too it when I write about it and rethink it. It’s a good story when it comes to talking about all the sea creatures as well. For example Calypso, the Sirens. So yeah, I guess I have a read a book with a lot of Water in it.

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Dionysus: Which character would you most like to have a party with?

Even though he’s pretty weird and probably VERY dangerous, I would love to see a party that has Magnus Bane in it. All mysterious and cool.

Apollo: Either, name a great debut book (so an author’s first published work). or Name a first book in a series you really enjoyed.

I really enjoyed Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Angel” from the “Infernal Devices”. Once I had read the first one I just had to go out and get the rest, I think I read them all within a couple of months of each other. I am actually now onto her “The Dark Artifices” series and hoping for the same results!

Artemis: ‘Of all the Greek goddesses, she was the most self-sufficient, living life on her own terms, comfortable both in solitude and in holding the reins of leadership.’* Who is your favourite female heroine?

I honestly really struggled with this one. I have liked a lot of the female heroines I’ve read in my books, but I have yet to really “love” one. The closest that I can come to really loving is Arwen from Lord of the Rings. I guess she’s a Heroine in that she inspired Aragorn (Arwen was supposed to fight beside Aragorn at Helms Deep instead of Haldir) put the sword back together and gets Frodo out of danger (in the movie, Arwen doesn’t do this in the book). I also love how gracefully she is written in the actual books, written by J.R.R Tolkien.

Athena: Name a character who is wise.

Although I couldn’t actually stand the character, she is the only character that does live on instead of getting her head cut off like all the other Queens after her. I am writing about Queen Katherine of Aragon, first Queen of Henry the 8th from Phillipa Gregorys books/series. I think it’s only a wise woman who could escape his clutches!

Hermes: If you could travel to any fictional setting (real world or fantasy) where would you go?

This probably wouldn’t shock anyone, I would love, like absolutely love, to visit Rivendell or just the world of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in general.  I day dream about being there a lot, if it was real. What I’d do, where would I go? I would probably never want to come back!

Hephaestus: If you could have any fictional tool made (for example a weapon or a gadget), what would you want?

I don’t know if this counts, but I always thought Aslan from the “Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and his “magical tools” were always handy. It might also be because I just love that he is a Lion who talks.

Ares: What is your favourite fictional battle?

I would have to say the fight in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe against the White Witch. Just something about animals fighting side by side with us, instead of us killing them really appeals to me.

Aphrodite: What is your ultimate ship (the characters do not have to be from the same book)?

Oh, that would have to be Will and Tessa from “The Shadow-hunters”. They just seem so perfect for each other, but I hate what happened to them, and the “twist” in the end. Just never felt right too me.

Hades: If you could petition Hades to bring any fictional character back from the dead who would you choose?

I would, without a doubt bring back Thorin Oakenshield. I felt like his death was just so unfair! He did all of that fighting and fought his inner Demons, just to die? Although in a way, I don’t dislike Tolkien or the writing for killing Thorin off. I almost feel like it was actually the right thing to do, things probably would have been very different if he had survived. It just feels a little unfair that he never really got to be “King” again.

Final question(s): If you could be a God/ Goddess of anything what would you want to be and what do you think would fit your personality? These do not have to be the same.

I have always admire Athena. Apart from seemingly seeming to hate women, I have always admire what she stood/stands for.

She is the Goddess of Wisdom, Courage, law and justice, arts and crafts, as well as strategic warfare. Unlike her counterpart Ares, who is the God of War, rather than strategy. Just all the things in life I enjoy and I feel that represent who I am, is why I can relate too her and feel she best represents my personality. She was represented as a fierce warrior, in ancient times, when even now women are still seen as the “weaker” sex by a few.

Athena

Of course here comes the fun part…The Tagging! I am tagging some other Blogger, but if you want to do this one as well…Please feel free! Just link me because I would love to read your answers!

Thoughts on Fantasy

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Literary Counsellor

This or That? #79

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This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

This week I want to know…

Do you have a favorite book that is nonfiction?

I can honestly say that I have a lot of non fiction books and I love to read them, but they are mainly books about ancient History. A lot of the non fiction books that I’ve now, I’ve had for most of my life, or they’ve been passed down to me. I haven’t really bought a new non fiction book for a while. I find them fascinating. I love to read about Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece. All of them.

So there isn’t really one book I could highly recommend for people. I would more press you and recommend to buy yourself a series of books of the ancients worlds. Treat yourself and buy not just Ancient Greece, but from all over the world. I have so many different encyclopedias’ of each ancient world. The Ancient world that I am most familiar with is Ancient Greece. The Ancient world I am mostly unfamiliar with though is the Norse world. I do have my eyes on this one though:

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Arthur Cotterell is probably one of the best authors on the ancient worlds.

The Encyclopedia of Mythology: Classical, Celtic, Norse. Written by Arthur Cotterell.

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This or That? #63

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This or That? #63

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Which do you read more of:

Fiction or non-fiction?

I definitely do read more fiction, I love reading fiction, especially the type that has far away and made up worlds. I think I love fiction just that little bit more, because it makes my mind go somewhere else for a while…Reality can suck. When I think about it, a lot of the non-fiction books that I have are about ancient cultures. For example, I am fascinated by ancient cultures like Egypt, Rome, Greece. So a lot of my non-fiction books are about those times. Which is reality and they really existed, but I guess that they can kind of feel like a faraway place as well.

Share Your World … Week 33

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Share Your World … Week 33

Would you travel into outer space?

Probably not, it’s not that I would most likely feel like I was going to explode. I also get motion sickness, which would probably not be a great thing to have on travelling into outer space.

Which country/city in the world (that you have never been to) would you most like to visit and why?

I have Greece and Rome on my bucket list. I mainly want to visit because one of my favourite subjects is ancient history. I love all the history and the culture that came from those times. The stories and the food!

What could you do to breathe more deeply today?

I need to keep stressing out so much. I had a traumatic experience over the weekend and I am extremely unsure of how to “let it go”.

Complete this sentence:  This creamy peanut butter sandwich could really use some …

Jam…aka Jelly!

Ancient Ways

Came back from my little trip away, as one does, and also it seems these days as one does I signed into my Facebook account when I got home and replied to the messages and comments that I needed to. Off in the right hand top corner I noticed that in the “trending” column (relates to what is ‘tredning’ on Twitter) and I saw the word Colosseum.

Clicked on the link and I was horrified to discover that two tourists decided to engrave their initials on this ancient monument!

US Tourists caught carving names into Colosseum Rome! The Guardian.com

Being a lover of ancient times and stories, I was completely horrified (as thankfully, a lot of others seem to be as well). When did this start happening? Whose to blame? I was reminded recently of a group of young models that travelled overseas recently and a couple of these young ladies showing their ankles in a mosque!

I think it’s time we brought into school a type of “cultural” class or cultural workshops. That’s just my opinion, but it couldn’t harm to have one now could it?