November112013
The bestest person in the world. Go follow her. Lameexcuseforaurl.tumblr.com

The bestest person in the world. Go follow her. Lameexcuseforaurl.tumblr.com

August182013

UGH

Moving is difficult…

August142013

SO A FEW MINUTES AGO

I realized I lost my book Catherine the Great (the same one I posted the two quotes from, and I got tagged for one of them). So me being me, pulled out my phone, pulled up Siri and promptly asked her to call Catherine the Great. 







I’m not sure but I think my brain may have hit a new level of stupidity. 

August132013
“The schism between mother and son [Catherine the Great and her son Paul I of Russia] stretched beyond the grave. When finally, in 1796, he reached the throne, Paul immediately restored primogeniture as the basis of succession to the crown. Thereafter, until the fall of the monarchy and the Romanov dynasty in 1917, the eldest son of the deceased sovereign - or, lacking a son, the eldest male closest in the direct family line - would succeed. Never again would an heir have to go through what Paul had been through.
And never again would Russia be ruled by a woman.”  Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
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“She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well read, and a shrewd judge of character. During the coup, she had shown determination and courage; once on the throne she displayed an open mind, willingness to forgive, and a political morality founded on rationality and practical efficiency. She softened imperial presence with a sense of humor and a quick tongue; indeed, with Catherine more than any other monarch of her day, there was always a wide latitude for humor. There was also a line not to be crossed, even by close friends.” Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman - Robert K. Massie
August122013
“It is only when our fate hangs in the balance, when our very life depends on something, that we see whether or not we trust that the rope to which we are clinging will support us. If we do not, then we let of of the ledge and swing on it with our full weight.” Memoirs of Cleopatra - Margaret George
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serenitymonkala said: Happy Birthday!!!!!

Thank you! <3 <3 <3

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“A capable, clear-eyed sovereign, she knew how to build a fleet, suppress an insurrection, control a currency, alleviate a famine. An eminent Roman general vouched for her grasp of military affairs. Even at a time when women rulers were no rarity she stood out, the sole female of the ancient world to rule alone and to play a role in Western affairs. She was incomparably richer than anyone else in the Mediterranean. And she enjoyed greater prestige than any other woman of her age&#8230;Cleopatra descended from a long line of murderers and faithfully upheld the family tradition but was, for her time and place, remarkably well behaved. She nonetheless survives as a wanton temptress, not the last time a genuinely powerful woman has been transmuted into a shamelessly seductive one.”  -Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life?69 BCE - August 12th 30 BCEMay the daughter of Isis rest in peace

“A capable, clear-eyed sovereign, she knew how to build a fleet, suppress an insurrection, control a currency, alleviate a famine. An eminent Roman general vouched for her grasp of military affairs. Even at a time when women rulers were no rarity she stood out, the sole female of the ancient world to rule alone and to play a role in Western affairs. She was incomparably richer than anyone else in the Mediterranean. And she enjoyed greater prestige than any other woman of her age…Cleopatra descended from a long line of murderers and faithfully upheld the family tradition but was, for her time and place, remarkably well behaved. She nonetheless survives as a wanton temptress, not the last time a genuinely powerful woman has been transmuted into a shamelessly seductive one.”  -Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life

?69 BCE - August 12th 30 BCE


May the daughter of Isis rest in peace

12AM

SO IT BEGINS

The day that I am happy because its my birthday 

And the day I’m sad because its the anniversary of the death of one of the most influential and powerful people to walk the face of the earth. 

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tiny-librarian:

Two thousand and forty three years ago today, in 30 B.C., Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, popularly known simply as Cleopatra, committed suicide.

She was the last Queen of Egypt, and the last Queen of the Ptolemaic Dynasty, a line of largely Macedonian Greeks who had ruled over Egypt for nearly 300 years since the death of Alexander the Great.

Her husband, Mark Antony, had fallen on his own sword only 11 days before, having been defeated by the forces of Octavian. She was well aware that Octavian intended to take her with him to Rome, to be humiliated and paraded through the streets chained to his chariot in celebration of his victory.

Rather than be subjected to such a fate, she instead took her own life. It is popularly thought that she did so through the bite of a venomous snake, but recent research has suggested that it was possible she took poison instead. Despite many artistic depictions to the contrary, she did not go to her death in the nude/near nude, but fully clothed and wearing all her Queenly regalia.

It is even said that one of her two most loyal handmaidens, who both followed their mistress to her death, was adjusting her crown when they were discovered by Octavian’s men. The other already lay dead, or nearly so, at her feet.

According to legend, one of the men angrily shouted something about this being a fine deed. The handmaiden still living, Charmian responded with “It is indeed most fine, and befitting the descendant of so many kings” before collapsing and dying herself. 

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