Tycho Brahe, architectural plan for Uraniborg. Built with Support of the Danish King Frederic II, 1576. One of the top European observatories around that time. Etching from his work Astronomiae instauratae mechanica, 1598.
From Egypt Perhaps Third Intermediate or Graeco-Roman Period, about 800 BC - AD 200
This model shows us what an ancient Egyptian house might have looked like in the later historical periods. It is always referred to as a ‘town house’, as the vertical storeys suggests that space was confined, in contrast to the spread-out ‘villa’-like structures found in the New Kingdom (about 1550-1070 BC) city of Tell el-Amarna. The house in this model seems to have had two storeys and an accessible roof. The windows are indicated on the first floor by two crossed bars, and on the upper storey with a criss-cross pattern, perhaps representing shutters. The roof would have been used for storage, much like houses in Egypt today.
Zenobia (בת זבי/Ζηνοβία/الزباء) was a 3rd century Queen of the Palmyrene Empire (now Syria). Born in 240 A.D., she was the daughter of Zenobius, a Governor of Palmyra. Zenobia claimed to be a descendant of Cleopatra VII Philopator of Egypt, Dido of Carthage and Sampsiceramus, King of Emesa, through Drusilla of Mauretania. She is said to have had a dark complexion, shiny white teeth and bright black eyes – more beautiful than Cleopatra even. She was well-educated, spoke Greek, Aramaic and Egyptian and had a good understanding of Latin as well. Zenobia was also described as carrying herself like a man, riding, hunting and drinking on occasion with her officers
Zenobia was the second wife of King Odaenathus of Palmyra and following his and his oldest son’s deaths in 266 A.D., she assumed regency of Palmyra on behalf of her young son, Vaballathus. During this time, she conquered new territories and increased the Palmyrene Empire greatly. In 269 A.D., Zenobia conquered Egypt, expelled the Roman authorities and ruled as Queen of Egypt until 274 A.D. where she and her son were captured by the Roman Emperor Aurelian. Apparently she appeared in golden chains at Aurelian’s military triumph parade in 274, but the further destiny of Zenobia remains unknown. Some versions suggest that she died soon after her arrival in Rome, whether from illness, hunger strike or beheading. Others say that Aurelian, stricken with her beauty and dignity, granted her freedom and an elegant villa in Tibur where she spent the rest of her days. Zenobia is largely known as the greatest warrior queen in history.
I loved Hundred Thousand Kingdoms except that I don’t like reading about sex so it was like, wow, this is 90% exactly my thing!!! and ten percent exactly NOT.
I didn’t actually read that - it was a combination of a poorly formatted ebook and not liking her prose very much - but I just finished The Killing Moon, which I feel like I should have loved, but I just…didn’t. Which, like, I’ve accepted that that sometimes happens, but it still makes me sad when there’s nothing really wrong except you not clicking with the book, especially because I have loved things where there are lots of things wrong.
Thracian chariot found in the village of Karanovo, 1st century AD
The four-wheeled wooden chariot, its intricately carved bronze plating and fittings, plus the skeletal remains of two horses and a dog have been preserved in situ instead of being removed to a museum. Thracian chariots were often buried with up to eight horses and their elaborately decorated bridles. The bronze plating features scenes from Thracian mythology, like the god Eros, a jumping panther and a mythological animal with the body of a panther and the tail of a dolphin.