When you’re feeling down and out, REAL friends be like
okay but the guy in blue gets up and hold onto the back of the red guys shirt like a small child or perhaps a duckling
When most people think of the Death of Cleopatra, they think of something like the above pictures. Cleopatra lying on a couch, or standing there clutching a snake to her exposed breast. Or, as in one of the above cases, with the fabled serpent biting directly on to her nipple. She is almost always nude or nearly so, practically inviting everyone to gaze on her body as she lies there in her death throes. She is often delicately pulling her gown down to give the viewer a perfect view of her breasts.
It has been, and will likely continue to be, a popular theme in art to depict her that way. It used to be a titillating thing, an excuse to paint a beautiful nude/semi nude woman. She’s been immortalized as such in sculpture, paintings, wax figures, and everything in between.
This image of her though, is a myth. Pure and simple.
Stacy Schiff, the author of “Cleopatra: A Life” describes her death like so:
Cleopatra lay on a golden couch, probably an Egyptian-style bed with lion paws for legs and lion heads at its corners. Majestically and meticulously arrayed in “her most beautiful apparel,” she gripped in her hands the crook and flail. She was perfectly composed and completely dead, Iras very nearly so at her feet. Lurching and heavy-headed, almost unable to stand, Charmion was clumsily attempting to make right the diadem around Cleopatra’s forehead. Angrily one of Octavian’s men exploded: “A fine deed this, Charmion!” She had just the energy to offer a parting shot. With a tartness that would have made her mistress proud, she managed,”It is indeed most fine, and befitting the descendant of so many kings,” before collapsing in a heap, at her queen’s side.
Cleopatra went to her death as she’d lived her entire adult life, as the Queen of Egypt. She had her royal robes and ornaments on, and was thus fully dressed. She knew full well Octavian and his men were going to burst in on her, were going to find her and her ladies there dead.There is no chance she was going to be lying there undressed when a room-full of strange men were going to be looking at her. Cleopatra made sure she went first, so that her ladies could arrange her so nothing inappropriate would be seen.
It’s likely all the nudity also stems from propaganda spread by Octavian both during her life and after her death, painting her as a whore and a seductress. Of course she would be naked she was the decadent Eastern Queen who seduced men with her witchcraft! It’s just one of the many, and increasingly ridiculous, misconceptions that’s been spread about her since her death and one that people should realize was certainly not true.
I’ve always loved Cleopatra…not because she was supposed to be beautiful or whatever, but because she was a Bad. Ass.
With a few exceptions, most everything in the apothecary is real/natural. Most everything I have collected and put together. I think only about 7 of the bottles were pre-made, the bug box I picked up at a garage sale, and all of the books so far have been purchased.
I finally shoved everything into the hutch again to get an idea of what I am working with. Ideally the books will have a bookshelf so I can store things like the empty pots underneath again. It does have a drawer, but right now that is full of spare corks and random odds and ends I’m still working on. There is also another box of like 20+ bottles that don’t have anything in them yet.
I’m debating if I should do some sort of tutorials or something? I dunno. Anything people wanna see up close? Get details on? Ideas for what I should do with this next. Feel free to comment or message me and I’ll see what I can do!
I want this but normal human sized.
the ol’ razzzle dazzle
No but actually this is a GREAT way to present a dress like this! A regular standing mannequin wouldn’t show off all the layers and details in the skirt!
it also wouldn’t show off all the ol’ razzle dazzle
It’s not the fact it exists, but that two stakes are missing
You know why I love AUs? Because the whole point of them is that everything is changed, and yet these two people are still going to meet and fall in love- that they’re so set in stone and so meant to be that you can change literally everything in a hundred universes and they’ll fall in love over and over again.
Coming up with schemes with your best friend
Was this movie even real
HOW DOES AN 80 YEAR OLD WOMAN HAVE THE SAME CARDIO AS FIT ATHLETIC MUSCLE MAN THIS SHOW MAN
a dude turned into a llama and you’re questioning why an old lady is as fit as a muscly guy