anonymous hetaira

Amid the glittering list of ancient heroes there are an embarrassingly small number of women. So here’s to the hetaera, the coolest chicks around. hetairaThe hetaera are misleadingly labeled prostitutes. They were in fact charming, educated and talented women that, unlike other women in ancient Greece, were free to go about in public and attend the symposia which were typically the domain of men. There were some notables among their ranks, more are soon to follow…

Roman Sketching: Hannibal

We really don’t learn enough about the Punic Wars in school. In high school our world history teacher said that the state of Texas wanted each student to memorize 10 important dates in history. The Magna Carta, Battle of Hastings, Battle of Tours, etc. No one I actually took this class with remembers this as even a part of the curriculum so I can’t ask them but I’m almost positive the Battle of Zama was not on that list. This is the battle that gave the Romans supremacy over the mediterranean. The importance of this is obvious but cooler still is that these wars effectively whipped Rome into the bureaucratic shape it needed to then expand as far as it did. hannibal

Basically the fall of Hannibal led to all of those pre-Roman Iberian people getting fucked. **pours beer on the ground for the Cantabri, Lusitani, Oretani, Turduli, Vettones, etc, etc, etc.**

This is my first stab at Hannibal, the bust anyway. It’s very likely he was not quite so european-looking.