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Numinous World picspam

I keep a big file of reference pictures on my computer to use when I'm writing, and I thought I would share a few with you, especially if you're playing what grav_ity calls "reincarnation bingo" in the Numinous World books. You can click on any of them to make them bigger.

Stealing Fire

This is a detail from the Stag Hunt mosaic at Pella, a mosaic dating from Alexander's lifetime showing two young men hunting. While the subjects are unidentified, it is speculated that they are intended to be Alexander and Hephaistion. This is Hephaistion.

Hand of Isis

This is Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, again a likeness that is probably contemporary. This is the first century bust that is currently in the Louvre.

and the upcoming Fortune's Wheel

From the Museum of the Army in Paris, Michel Ney.


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Jul. 19th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Those images, especially in a row next to each other, are totally remarkable.

As a medievalist, I'm always amazed when I see reminders that yes, actually, objects from Alexander's day have survived. I'm so used to the immense archaeological and documentary losses of the last eight hundred years that I can hardly believe material can survive for 2500 years.
Jul. 19th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Isn't that cool? I think it's pretty awesome.

I can't even begin to approach research in the medieval period! I simply don't know how I'd begin with so very little to go on. But it's certainly different working in the 19th century rather than the Hellenistic period!
Jul. 20th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Now I know what inspired you to make Hephaistion's hairs red in "Stealing Fire"! :)
Jul. 20th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Yes indeed! :)

The other thing is that the books didn't sell in the order they were written. I wrote Black Ships, then Fortune's Wheel, then Hand of Isis, then the sequel to Fortune's Wheel, then Stealing Fire. So I had already written two books of Michel when I wrote Stealing Fire, not the other way around!
Jul. 20th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
He is a grand looking fellow, Michel Ney, isn't he? And you are so right as to the abundance of images of him as compared to Hephaistion. There is not one confirmed representation of him compared to all the paintings, engravings, miniatures and statues of Ney in existence. Even the shrine to him at the museum in Thessaloniki inscribed "To the hero Hephaistion" may not be a portrayal of him as a person, though it does look a lot like the Pella mosaic. They do look alike those three, do they not?

I only wonder, did Agrippa have red hair as well? Is it mentioned in any of the sources?
Jul. 20th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
He really is, isn't he? :)

The Thessaloniki shrine does look like it could be the same person as the Pella mosaic, which the Alexander sarcophagus doesn't really. Personally I think the Pella mosaic is likely Hephaistion, but that's open to debate!

They do look alike, don't they? Very cool.

Agrippa had brown hair. Not red, alas!
Jul. 20th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, very cool! The mosaic is very touching, somehow. Very Hephaistion.

A quick question: any idea when the paperback Ravens will be arriving? I am yeaarrrrrrrrning...
Jul. 21st, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
I really love the mosaic!

Let's see -- are you the three copies in Denmark? If so I filled out the customs forms and mailed last week, but I'm not certain how long it will take for delivery!
Jul. 21st, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)

Nooo, I'm in Canada (Ontario).
Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
EEEEEeeeeeeeEEE! It just arrived in the mail! Hooray! A wonderful weekend approaches!
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)

(Sorry, I don't have everyone's screen name correctly paired with their real name, apparently!)

I hope you enjoy it!
Jul. 23rd, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
No, that would be me! Yay!! Thank you!
Jul. 23rd, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope you get it soon and that you enjoy it!
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