The Midnight Planétarium watch was a collaboration between Van Cleef & Arpels and Christiaan van der Klaauw. The watch is made of 396 separate parts and features the six closest planets orbiting the sun in real time (Uranus and Neptune were left out because you probably won’t live long enough to see either one complete a full orbit).
I. Need. This.
Me starting a rebellion at my school
all you did is ruin some janitor’s afternoon because they have to scrub your stupid fandom crap off the walls i swear you people need to control yourselves
The juxtaposition of these two urls makes the comments that much more satisfying
Seasons according to the North
IT IS THAT DAY IN MARCH TODAY
dammit it’s that day
i didn’t need you telling me the whole entire fucking world is winter 80% of the time ok winter makes me want to kill myself i don’t need you no
*crackles knuckles* SPQR
First and foremost, you’re going to need to stay as close to historical facts as possible. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, you’re going to want to do a lot of research on the time period so that your details are sound. And don’t just go to wikipedia and call it good; you’re going to need to search through textbooks and nonfiction works and multiple sites because everyone might say something a little bit different. Watching movies like Gladiator doesn’t count, though you could learn a thing or two about how ancient Rome is portrayed in media.This research means that you’re going to want to choose the right emperor for your story’s timeline and choose the right social and political aspects and conflicts. Choose the right culture as well. Many times people mix up ancient Greece and ancient Rome and that’s a big no no. Ancient Rome was pretty hardcore and you’re going to want to display that.
Second, realize how different they lived versus how we live today. Try and transplant yourself into the ancient Roman society with your characters, not the other way around. Your characters would act and have the personalities of Romans, not the modern day people that surround us. Their social norms would be different and their every day living is also different. Try and write the story through how a normal person in ancient Rome would see their life, not through your own knowledge of technology, science, social morals, etc.
Third, mythology was their religion back then. They full-heartedly believed in Jupiter and Hercules and Minerva and all of it (who knows, maybe it is all true and they’ve been right all along). It played a big role in their culture so you can’t ignore it when writing in that time period. Don’t treat it as mythology; treat it like a religion.
Lastly, and this kind of goes along with the second point, but don’t forget that the ancient Romans were real people. They weren’t all just stiff political people or blank stick figures you read about in history textbooks. They made sarcastic comments to each other. Had personalities. Some were jokesters while others were serious. Some were nice while some were cruel. Some were smart and some were oblivious. Some were a mixture of all of these. Don’t let your characters fall flat-which I find is a kind of popular thing that happens when people write in this time period. Though a part of history, they were still actual humans who probably made a penis joke when they were 11.
I’ll say it outright, I’m a pretty big fangirl of both ancient Rome and ancient Greece. Flat out always have had a very strong love of those cultures, both ancient and modern (which I always group together in a way because ancient Rome did take and revamp much of ancient Greece’s culture). With that said, the best advice I can give you is to make sure you do your research of the history and daily life of ancient Romans. Don’t let the historical facts slide by and make sure your facts are correct. There’s nothing more annoying than reading a book set in a different time period and the facts be wrong. Set yourself back in that time period and write from that viewpoint. Try to transplant yourself in the roads of ancient Rome. I hope this helped! I wish you luck!