I absolutely love this.
ACTUALLY. This myth gets more interesting. These original “double humans” were comprised of two parts—either both parts male, one part male and one female, or both female. This myth is used to explain why some people are homosexual and why some are straight. Yay Classics. I’M LEARNING SO MUCH IN COLLEGE GUYS
This gets better each time it scrolls through my dash.
Additionally, in The Symposium, homosexual love was said to be more pure because it goes deeper than sexual gratification and concerns the welfare of the beloved’s soul as well as providing immortality of ideas and intellect.
favourite faces for favourite mythic ladies: Leuce with Mila Kunis
Leuce was a nymph, a daughter of Okeanos, who was carried off by Hades. After her death she was changed into a white poplar in Elysium.
She is not accustomed to the underworld. An ocean-born child who danced among breakers and twisted fearlessly at the edge of Charybdis, Leuce is disquieted by the dead and songless waters that run through the underworld.
She doesn’t warm to Hades, her currents running ever-cold towards her captor. When he tries to ply her with jewels she lets them sink in the false waters. When he tries to kiss her throat she turns her face away. She’ll give him no pleasure he doesn’t have to take. She’ll make nothing easy for her shadowed abductor.
The underworld is dark and, although years pass, Leuce never learns to love it; until the end of her days she longs for the ocean above.
Hades does have a pattern. And let’s face it, the only reason he stopped was that Persephone had a very, very different way of controlling the fate that had been given to her. (Not that it makes Leuce’s way any lesser, of course. I kind of want to hurt the people who say that. I have one book, which, while awesome in many ways, goes on about how Leuce was a pale precedent to the great Persephone. And I adore Persephone, but. Their situations were so different, you can’t compare them. Ugh. People annoy me. >:(
Um. I’ll shut up now.)
I’m fascinated by Leuce because there’s so little written about her. Fleeting lines are all that remain but we’ve lost so much writing from ancient Greece and Rome, which just breaks my heart. There are so many beautiful stories that we’ll never know. But I want to know more about Leuce. I wrote here that she was bitter and that she didn’t love him, but none of the text says that. It doesn’t say anything at all about how she felt about him. (It says that he loved her, but that’s not the same thing.) Nor does it say how long she lived in the underworld before dying. For all we know it could have been centuries and they could have been epicly in love.
(I don’t know anything about nymph lifespans as compared to goddesses - are nymphs eternal as well? I think they are, but maybe they aren’t. That might be why kidnapping nymphs to be his wife didn’t work out so well for Pluto/Hades.)
Just… MYTHOLOGY. Absolutely bloody fascinating and frustrating with the massive gaps lying open in it.
I will never not reblog this, because it just gives me so many feels.
what do you mean drawn better thats the best fucking stickman ive ever seen fuck you
does your period ever come late and you start to wonder if you’re pregnant despite the fact the most intimate thing you’ve ever done is shake hands?
DO GIRLS REALLY THINK THIS
Animal fun fact: Chinchillas can’t get wet. Their fur retains too much water and will start to grow mold. So they bathe by rolling around in dust.
When I had a chinchilla, it was so funny to watch him roll around in the dirt. *dies* IT’S SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE
Okay this is now my FAVORITE GIF EVER.
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In this mysteriously leaked DVD commentary for Season 4 of “Game Of Thrones,” author George R.R. Martin drops some MASSIVE plot bombshells. (x)