History Meme: One of the Two Natural Disasters: The Black Death
Even before the “death ships” pulled into port at Messina, many Europeans had heard rumors about a “Great Pestilence” that was carving a deadly path across the trade routes of the Near and Far East. (Early in the 1340s, the disease had struck China, India, Persia, Syria and Egypt.) However, they were scarcely equipped for the horrible reality of the Black Death. “In men and women alike,” the Italian poet Giovanni Boccaccio wrote, “at the beginning of the malady, certain swellings, either on the groin or under the armpits…waxed to the bigness of a common apple, others to the size of an egg, some more and some less, and these the vulgar named plague-boils.” Blood and pus seeped out of these strange swellings, which were followed by a host of other unpleasant symptoms–fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, terrible aches and pains–and then, in short order, death. The Black Death was terrifyingly, indiscriminately contagious: “the mere touching of the clothes,” wrote Boccaccio, “appeared to itself to communicate the malady to the toucher.” The disease was also terrifyingly efficient. People who were perfectly healthy when they went to bed at night could be dead by morning. (x)
history meme. five assassinations: Julius Caesar, by Senators of Rome
15 MARCH 44BC. On the Ides of March, Julius Caesar entered the Senate. There he was stabbed to death by around forty senators, members of the ruling class and paragons of education and intellect in the society of Ancient Rome. Only twenty-one names of these conspirators, self-styled as “The Liberators”, survive history and nearly all of them staunchly defended the so-called sancitity of the Republic threatened, allegedly, by the quick rise to tyrannical power of Julius Caesar. However, the death of the “tyrant” had also led to the end of the Republic for which he was killed. Civil war broke out, with Mark Antony on one side and Octavian, Caesar’s legal heir, on the other. Eventually, Mark Antony fled to Egypt, where he would be defeated by Octavian. Octavian became Augustus, the first Emperor and founder of the Roman Empire, and ushered in the era of Pax Romana.
History Meme: One of the Three Inventions: The Printing Press 1450
The printing press invented by German goldsmith Johann Gutenberg in 1448 has been called one of the most important inventions in the history of humankind. The device made it possible for the first time for the common man, woman and child to have access to books, which meant they would for the first time have unprecedented ability to accumulate knowledge. (x)
I was looking around for a history meme but couldn’t find one so I decided to make my own. I would love to see a lot of peoples different takes on these. If you do it be sure to tag it history meme so that I can see it!!
fixed version! Thanks to tiny-librarian for pointing out my typo!
hannibal is such a good friend
he’s almost as good as the nice boy helping theon
Caroline Forbes, “Graduation”
got meme: [2/2] quotes — “woman?”,
she chuckled. “Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap, if I took you for a man.”
Just got back from Star Trek in IMAX
The most memorable part was that the film froze with the sound still playing for like 5 minutes in the middle of the movie, then within the dialogue Benedict says something like “Why aren’t we moving, Captain?” and the whole theatre burst into a roaring laughter despite being frustrated that the picture had fucked up.