mythology meme:  [3/3] mythical rulers

↳ romulus and remus of alba longa

Twin sons of Mars and Rhea Silvia, they were nursed by a she-wolf as infants and raised by a simple shepherd and his wife. Once they reached adulthood, they helped overthrow the false king of Alba Longa. Rather than press their own claim to the throne, however, they decided to restore the rightful king, and found a new city of their own. A disagreement arose, concerning the location of this new city; the brothers fought and Remus was killed. Romulus founded Rome and brought it glory, but as the years passed he became increasingly autocratic, and in the end either disappeared, ascended to the heavens to become a god in his own right, or was killed by the Senate, depending on the particular version of the myth.




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We thought there were other ways.
The darkness would stay outside.
We are not it, we said. It is not in us.

—Paul Bowles, from “Next to Nothing” in Too Far From Home: The Selected Writings of Paul Bowles. Ecco, 1993

Anonymous asked:
Hey! So I know this may be COMPLETELY not in your field, but I'm a Senior at Undergrad, and plan on taking 1-2 years off before going to law school. Anyways, I've FINALLY narrowed down how I want to help people. My three interests are: mental illness, special education, and criminal law (I understand some of these may overlap sometimes), but I was wondering if you had any good books, informational or fictional, or resources on any of these topics, or maybe if your other brilliant followers do.Tx


That sounds great; any of those three would be fascinating & worthwhile.

I can help a little with criminal law, and somewhat more with mental illness; but hopefully someone else can chime in on special education. I’ve tried to recommend books with a legal, criminological or sociological slant (otherwise the list of fiction would be as long as your arm); the books in the “mental illness” group become more personal & subjective going down the list. 

Mental Illness

Criminal Law

"He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it."
— Cormac McCarthy, The Road (via supreme—-thunder)
where did you learn about the judeo-christian mythology stuff you talked about in your insect ask? or mythology in general.


Well, when I was a kid I had this big book of world myths that my dad used to read to me (until I started demanding to read to him instead), which I loved—although there was some very carefully euphemistic language used to describe the rampant incest, rape, mutilation… (but not cannibalism: that was a-OK). I also had audio tapes of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, which may have scarred me for life. 

I’m no mythology expert; but I’ve loved browsing Sacred Texts, which is this vast internet archive of books on religion, mythology etc. The first book of comparative mythology I read was J.G. Frazer’s The Golden Bough, which is deeply flawed with many inaccuracies, and very Western-centric; but still worth reading. I enjoyed Joseph Campbell’s The Masks of God (4 vols., first volume Primitive Mythology) which leans heavily on Freud and Jung and some outdated anthropology, but is still a remarkable work. Stuff I found interesting but a bit dry: Leonard & McClure’s Myth and Knowing also deals with mythological archetypes; Propp’s Morphology of the Folk Tale is an analysis of Russian fairy tales. Also Hamilton’s Mythology for Greek and Roman myths; but if you’re into that stuff head to Ovid’s Metamorphoses (amazing), Homer, Virgil and the dramatists (Aeschylus the love of my life, Sophocles, Euripides, etc.) — Greek mythology is my favourite

Regarding Judeo-Christian mythology—obviously, the Bible. I’m partial to the King James (1611) because the language is beautiful. I also picked up a lot looking up references in Dante’s Divine Comedy and Shakespeare and C.S. Lewis. For Judaism specifically, Schwartz’s Tree of Souls and Lilith’s Cave, and Dennis’s Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism are wonderful. After reading Milton’s Paradise Lost (you must read this it’s astounding) I had a phase of fascination with Christian mythology, and read a weird mish-mash of texts like Forsyth’s The Old Enemy (Satan), Hastings’ The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, Pagel’s Revelations and The Origin of Satan, Turner’s The History of HellKramer’s Malleus Maleficarum (deals mostly with witchcraft) and King James I’s “Daemonologie" (back when it was normal for the King of England to write a book about demons). Cornell University has an electronic library of texts on witchcraft; and the Catholic Encylopaedia is excellent. Alternatively, a Google Scholar / JSTOR search usually turns up fascinating things. 

swevenoia asked:
what would you suggest for a "Hannibal"reading list ?


oh god so many things

  • The canon: Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising.
"He said that the wolf is a being of great order and that it knows what men do not: that there is no order in this world save that which death has put there."
— Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing (via vqsv)