The Book of Divine Works by Hildegard of Bingen
Manuscript (Ms. 1942), 360 x 260 mm (folio size)
Biblioteca Statale, Lucca
Gold, agate and carnelian necklace from a Trialeti culture tumulus, early 2nd millennium BC
Found in the necropolis near Tsalka, Georgia, also known in ancient times as Colchis, the land of the Golden Fleece and the famous destination of Jason and the Argonauts.
The Trialeti culture was a second culture to appear in Georgia, after the Shulaveri-Shomu culture which existed from 6000 to 4000 BC. It shows close ties with the highly-developed cultures of the ancient world, particularly with the Aegean, but also with cultures to the south, such as the Sumerians and their Akkadian conquerors.
The Trialeti culture was known for its particular form of burial. The elite were interred in large, very rich burials under earth and stone mounds, which sometimes contained four-wheeled carts. Many gold objects have been found in these graves and they strongly resemble similar objects found at sites in to Iran and Iraq.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. [insp]
Perhaps it's the battle's noise;But I think it's that I rememberWhen we were two little boys.(x)
Reliquary containing the alleged skull of Mary Magdalene, in the Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baum, France, c.1295
Another beautiful photograph, from National Geographic, can be found here.
Apulianzing Painter (Greek, active ca. 330-320 BC)
Red-figure bell Krater wint three women and three youths, Terracotta, Hellenistic, 39,69x37,47 cm
The Walters Art Museum Inv. 48.2761
Here, three women carry offerings, a mirror, and a tambourine in preparation for a ritual. This scene is much more carefully executed than the one on the opposite side, which shows three youths with mantles wrapped completely around their bodies. Groups of two or three youths often appear on the backs of theses vases, and these scenes are usually inferior to those on the front. Depictions of small groups of people holding various objects are common on vases attributed to this painter, who combines Apulian elements with Campanian features, like the use of white to represent female skin.
Roman bronze military diplomas.
The first is mid-Imperial, Antonine, and dates to ca. A.D. 149. One of four.
These tablets record that in A.D. 149, the Emperor Antoninus Pius granted Roman citizenship and the right to legal marriage to discharged veterans of foreign birth who had served for twenty-five years in auxiliary units. Each veteran received a copy of the law inscribed on two bronze tablets fastened together with wires, which were officially sealed. This copy belonged to an infantryman named Dasmenus Azalus, clearly a man of Near Eastern origin. (x)
The second is one of three fragments, mid-Imperial, Trajanic, dates to A.D. 113/14.
These discharge papers were issued by the Emperor Trajan to sailors on a warship, a quadrireme, in the imperial fleet based in Misenum on the Bay of Naples. The ship may have formed part of the flotilla that escorted the emperor from Italy to the East for the Parthian War (A.D. 114–117). (x)
Courtesy & currently located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
If they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants.
Marvel’s Captain America (2011-2014) x Troy (2004)
Wolf Erlbruch (b. 1948, Wuppertal, Germany) - Illustration from Duck, Death and the Tulip (German title: Ente, Tod und Tulpe), 2007 Book Illustrations
Iceland from Above – 07 (by northlandscapes-photography)