Accosted Darling

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The splendor of Strahov Library

I am typing this while looking at the building where these images were taken: the library of Strahov Abbey, towering high above Prague. While the monastery was established in 1143, the library dates from 1720. It is one of the most impressive I have visited: thousands of books placed in what looks more like a museum than a library. I hope you get a sense of the atmosphere from these images.

Pics (my own): Strahov Abbey Library, Prague.

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dramabuttons asked: top 5 songs in a language that you don't speak

1. La Tortura - Shakira feat. Some Guy

As an American of my age and level of education, I am a little embarrassed to admit that my entire Spanish repertoire consists of “gracias,” “cojones,” and “yo quiero taco bell” and I don’t think it’s going to get any better. Sorry, Shakira.

2. Råbe Under Vand - Selvmord

This is my go-to emo croaky-voiced Danish rap ballad, and I suggest it be yours, too.

3. Follow Me - 2NE1

2NE1 is my obligatory chosen ALL GIRL KOREAN POP GROUP. I like them because they don’t all look the same and their music is still upbeat while having these little weird dark tones. Also their music vids sometimes edge into the Gaga-esque, which is fine.

4. Désenchantée - Mylène Farmer

I took 4 years of French in high school, but now look where I am, listing it on a list of languages I don’t speak. There’s a moral here, and that moral is the theme of this song.

5. Pearl - The Mediæval Bæbes

Putting this one here because it’s late and my historical linguistics love is coming out. This is English, but it’s Middle English, so it’s ok since I don’t technically speak it.

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Rostov kept thinking about that briliant feat of his, which, to his surprise, had gained him the St. George Cross and even given him the reputation of a brave man—and there was something in it that he was unable to understand. “So they’re even more afraid than we are!” he thought. “So that’s all there is to so-called heroism? And did I really do it for the fatherland? And what harm had he done, with his dimple and his light blue eyes? But how frightened he was! He thought I’d kill him. Why should I kill him? My hand faltered. And they gave me the St. George Cross. I understand nothing, nothing!
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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When his majesty saw them, he was enraged against them, like his father, Montu, lord of Thebes. He seized the adornments of battle, and arrayed himself in his coat of mail […] His majesty was like Sutekh, the great in strength, smiting and slaying among them; his majesty hurled them headlong, one upon another into the water of the Orontes.”

The Battle of Kadesh against the Hittites. The shown scene is from the second court of the Ramesseum, the Egyptian mortuary temple of Pharaoh Ramesses II, dating to Dynasty 19.

In this particular detail we can observe Hittite troops reaching out to their defeated comrades, who are drowning in the river Orontes.

Quoted at the start of the post is part of the Egyptian account of the Battle of Kadesh, translated by James Henry Breasted (Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents. Chicago: 1906, III:136-147).

Photos taken by kairoinfo4u.

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