Guest Post: Re-Examination of Human History for Gender Roles

Is is a pleasure to guest-post for When Women Inspire. This is an inspirational blog that devotes itself to highlighting achievements of women around the globe. The platform was founded in 2014 by Christy Birmingham as a way to share the powerful ways that women are enriching the world, in the hopes of empowering readers online.

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It is with great pleasure that I open up the room to a guest post today. Welcome to Linnea Tanner! Linnea is an intriguing writer who pens blog posts and books about history, mythology and more. Here is her guest post about the re-examination of human history for gender roles.

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To understand the present and the alternative pathways for future social evolution, we must re-examine human history to understand how religion supports and perpetuates the social order it reflects. Earlier ancient legends spoke of a more harmonious and peaceful age that the ancient Greek poet, Hesiod, wrote of as “a golden race” who tilled the soil in “peaceful ease” before a “lesser race” brought in their god of war. These legends tell of a time when women and men lived together harmoniously in partnership.

Today, many of us view these legends as fantasy. But did…

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What is Your Story of the Christmas Season?

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Posted on December 22, 2014 by Christy Birmingham

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Merry Christmas to you Sharing Positive Stories of the Christmas Season. Photo: Bobby, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

Are you taking stock of the Christmas season, collecting in your mind the stories that are happening all around you? Or are the days whizzing by and you feel you barely have time to breathe? I hope you are taking time to relax and let some happy Christmas stories sink into your souls.

Being Grateful

Sometimes I will stop, in the middle of the day, and just think about all that I have to be grateful for in life. It might be a friend’s email, an unexpected Christmas card in the mail or the smile of a stranger as I was running an errand. It can be a life-changing event or a smaller one.

I think that I am able to tune into appreciating the smaller things because I have been in some deep valleys. Now that…

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Season’s Greetings; Apollo’s Raven Updates


The holiday season and New Year is a time to reflect on the blessings of family and friends who have enhanced our lives. I would like to thank everyone who has shared my adventures in exploring the mystique of the Ancient Celts and the Roman Empire on APOLLO’S RAVEN. This year, I have met many new friends who have shared my passion for Ancient history, mythology and archaeology, and have enriched me with their knowledge and advice.

To all my friends and supporters, best wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season and Happy New Year!

Red Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Red Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)


Additions to  Website

So that you can read other interesting posts reblogged from other websites, a new page entitled, “Reblogged Posts,” has been added to the top of the APOLLO’S RAVEN website.

Another additional feature on this website is the Photo Gallery which provides pictures that have been featured in posts. These photo galleries are categorized and include photographs that I took on my adventures to the United Kingdom and Europe while  conducting my research on 1st Century Britain and the Roman Empire.

Update on Project

The Celtic Spirit Warrior Chronicles is an epic historical fantasy set in 1st Century Britain and the Roman Empire. This is a tale about the odyssey of a Celtic warrior princess destined to meet the great grandson of Mark Anthony and become warrior queen. This story is based on historical events and fantastical Druid powers described in Celtic mythology. The heroine’s mythological adventure incorporates fantastical elements of controlling forces of nature, shape shifting, and supernatural powers of the severed head.

Celtic Spiritual Warrior

Catrin, Celtic Spirit Warrior

Based on critique and feedback on the first unpublished novel I completed, it became clear that I needed to write another novel to start the series with the back story of the political intrigue between tribal rulers vying for political power in Britain and seeking patronage from Rome to help establish their Celtic dynasties. The first two unpublished novels in the series, APOLLO’S RAVEN and APOLLO’S RAPTURE, have been completed and are undergoing revisions. The third novel, RAVEN’S FIRE, is anticipated to be completed in 2015. Originally, my vision was to write a trilogy, but the series has potential to be expanded.

Below is a depiction of me, imagining my magical world as a Celtic druidess.

Celtic Druidess Spirit

Celtic Druidess Magical Inspiration


The series of articles which I have presented on this website, APOLLO’S RAVEN, is based on research that I have done to support the series of novels in the Celtic Spirit Warrior Chronicles. The next series of posts will provide an overview of the Celtic tribes in Britain and major rulers between the invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar in 55 – 54 BC and the final Roman conquest by Claudius in 43 AD.



Author Feature: C. S. Boyack

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Posted by Nicholas C. Rossis in Blog hops, tours & reblogs

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From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksYou may have noticed Craig, aka C. S. Boyack, hanging around. He has a new book out called “The Cock of the South,” which is his first attempt at writing fantasy. It involves a group of conquered peoples banding together to ensure they have a place in the world. It is set in a Greco Roman environment, rife with everything fans of those stories might expect, so I’m very much looking forward to checking it out!

Today, Craig is here to tell us more about his book and the inspiration behind it in his own words. Enjoy!


Writers get inspiration from many places. When I first started I had to concentrate on things that might be worthy of a story. I found imagination to be like a muscle; the more you use it the stronger it gets.

I get ideas every day now. I’m not saying all of them are gems, but I…

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Lauren Hill Gets an Honorary Coach Title

Inspirational Post from When Women Inspire by Christy Birmingham Regarding Lauren Hill Who Gets an Honorary Coach Title

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Basketball, Lauren Hill and Inspiration Lauren Hill is an inspiration. Photo via University Herald website.

Lauren Hill is one inspirational young woman who can make you smile and cry, all in the same five minutes. While she won’t be able to play basketball anymore, she will continue to be a part of the sports world as an honorary coach.

About Lauren Hill

In case you aren’t familiar with her, Lauren Hill is a teenager who had the dream to play basketball at the college level. While that dream itself may seem interesting enough, it is the perseverance that this 19 year old has shown to reach that goal in spite of having been diagnosed last year with an inoperable brain tumor that makes her extraordinary. In spite of her health issues, Hill made it to the college level for basketball, inspiring many people by reaching her dream.

It was only a few weeks after Hill reached the…

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►Greek Mythology: “The Sphinx and her Riddle”.-

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12/18/2014 by Aquileana

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►Greek Mythology: “The Sphinx and her Riddle”:

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"Oedipus and the Sphinx" by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1808). “Oedipus and the Sphinx” by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1808).

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The Sphinx  (from the greek word Σφίγξ,  meaning “to squeeze”, “to tighten up”) was a female mythical creature with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman, eagle’s wings and, according to some, a serpent-headed tail.

According to Hesiod, the Sphinx was daughter of Orthus and Chimaera, born in the country of the Arimi (Theog. 326).

According to Sophocles, when King Laius of Thebes was murdered, by an unknown in a Phocian road, the king’s brother-in-law Creon came to power.

It was during his regency that the Sphinx came to  Thebes, as a punishment, sent by Hera, or, according to other accounts, by Hades, and  and gobbling up people

The Sphinx guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, and to have asked a…

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Wild Theories and Mysticisms

Fascinating Post from ETERNAL ATLANTIS Wild Theories and Mysticisms by Luciana Cavallaro

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The legend of Atlantis has been around for over twenty-four hundred years and people still talk and write about it, including me. There are countless books, both fiction and non-fiction not to mention the documentaries. People are fascinated by the enigma of Atlantis, the achievements of the people and the “utopian” imagery it produced. There are a number of well-known people who wrote about Atlantis and were quite influential in garnering support for their theories. I will be focussing on a few of the more notable individuals whose works created wide-world interest and had an effect on powerful leaders.

Cover Book cover of Atlantis: The Antediluvian World by Ignatius L. Donnelly (1831–1901). original book cover. Wikipedia

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►Greek Mythology: “The Harpies, Winged Bird Monsters”.-

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►Greek Mythology: “The Harpies, Winged Bird Monsters”:


"Aeneas and his Companions Fighting the Harpies" by François Perrier (17th century). “Aeneas and his Companions Fighting the Harpies” by François Perrier (17th century).



In Greek Mythology, a harpy was a female monster in the form of a bird with a human face.

They were  the spirits of sudden, sharp gusts of wind.

They were known as the hounds of Zeus and were sent by him to snatch away people and things from the earth.

The harpies were also they were agents of punishment who abducted people and tortured them on their way toHades’ domains. Like the Erinyes, the harpies were employed by the gods as instruments for the punishment of the guilty.

They seem originally to have been wind spirits. Their name means “snatchers”.

Aeschylus in The “Eumenides” (Third part of “The Oresteia”) referred to them as ugly winged bird-women. 

Odysseus-SirensLater Greeks transformed Harpies into Sirens, which can be seen in depictions of Odysseus on his…

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The Observer Effect: How it Ties to Feminism—or Does it?

Reblog of Thought-Provoking Post by Christy Birmingham The Observer Effect: How it Ties to Feminism—or Does it?

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Binoculars, observer effect and feminism The observer effect: What do you see? faungg’s photo, CC BY-ND 4.0, via Flickr.

The observer effect is one topic covered in David Castro’s Genership 1.0: Beyond Leadership Toward Liberating the Creative Soul. In Chapter 2 of the book, Castro talks about the observer effect:

“A person perceiving something affects what he or she sees through the effort to perceive. Relying on someone else’s perception or even instruments still entails knowledge. Knowledge demands perception.” (p. 64).

If you think that we live in a purely objective world, think again. The reality is that we see layers with pieces of opinions and perceptions. We hear things, and that affects how we view and respond to situations. We read things, and that affects…Well, you get the point.

While Castro does not make direct references in this section of the book to feminism, I will do so for one main reason. That reason is…

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Guest Post by John Howell: Joining the RRBC

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Most of you will probably recognize John Howell from his book, My GRL. John is currently the Rave Reviews’ Spotlight Author. He is here today to discuss the benefits Indie authors can get from joining the Rave Reviews Book Club.

Take it, John! 🙂

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Photo by Tim Burdick

This is the fourth stop on what has been a fantastic tour as a Rave Reviews’ Spotlight Author. If you would like to be chosen for this honor you need to be a member. To find out how go to the website and read all about it. You can also see all my tour stops listed under Spotlight Authors.

Today’s tour stop will cover the benefits that you as an Indie Author can realize should you want to join over Five-Hundred other authors who have a similar outlook on writing life as you. We all know how downright lonely this writing task can be…

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