3 hours ago
I remember translating your story from latin: the abandoned Dido, a leftover woman who killed herself because couldn't bare living without the brave, loving, handsome, heroic Aeneas.
Wait, what?! You had the courage to escape your motherland for the unknown. A woman leading an all male crew through the sea.
You refused to marry a foreign prince and benefit from the privileges of a kingdom that would never have been yours. With slyness, you took a piece of land and founded a city that you could call your own. Not a village in the middle of the desert, but Carthage, the most important city in the Mediterranean, the cradle of a new civilisation.
Roman writers managed to rob you of your own story and transform it into a basic piece of soap opera ante litteram. A whiny middle-eastern woman incapable of self-determination and self-love. All instinct, no brain.
Well, it has come the moment to send a big, retroactive fuck off to Aeneas (you spoiled little prick), Virgil, all the sexist assholes of the Roman Empire and to those (both ladies and gentlemen) who still try to define women in the attempt of controlling them.
21st Century has come to bite you in the ass.
#ownyournarrative #wewantourheroinesback #mythsarereal #representationmatters
#dido #cleopatra #medea #romanempire #assholeswillbeassholes #retroactivefuckoffs