What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term [civilian] these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians, the only other thing they could be was soldiers.
Marbury Hall Zeus. Roman, 1st century, marble.
Portrayed as a mature bearded man, Zeus sits enthroned in his role as king of the gods. Originally he would have held his attributes: a scepter and a thunderbolt. The colossal god towers over his mortal observers.
This Roman statue dates to the first century A.D., but certain stylistic features in the carving, especially in the face and hair, reveal that it reproduces an earlier, Hellenistic Greek statue. Its model was a statue made by a school of sculptors based in the city of Pergamon in the 100s B.C.
Documented in the 1570s at Tivoli near Rome, the statue once decorated the gardens of the Villa d’Este. It is named for having once been in the collection at Marbury Hall in England. (getty)
Adonis blue (Pollyommatus bellargus)
The Adonis Blue is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.It is found in the Palearctic ecozone Western Europe, Central Europe, South Europe, South Russia, Iraq, Iran, Caucasus, Transcaucasus, Turkey. The preferred habitat of the adonis blue is calcareous grasslands with hot and dry conditions. The male upper side is a brilliant sky blue. The female is chocolate brown with a few blue scales near the base, and with orange spots, bordered by blue scales, around the edge of the hind wing. Look for the chequered fringes in both sexes. The underside is brownish grey with black and orange spots. Winter is passed as a small caterpillar. Its diet consists of one plant; the Horseshoe Vetch.
A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).