Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.
I don’t know when we’ll see each other again or what the world will be like when we do. We may both have seen many horrible things. But I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.
The Women of Amphissa - Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1887)
Reading about this now and I thought it was really cool. The women depicted here were thyiades (worshippers of Dionysus) from Delphi. They were celebrating one of their rites, dancing themselves into a frenzy on Mount Parnassus, when dawn found them exhausted near the neighbouring city of Amphissa. They collapsed in the market place, and because Amphissa was having a military dispute with Delphi, the women of Amphissa stood guard to the thyiades so they would not get abused by the local men and the soldiers.
Now if that’s not badass and pretty I don’t know what is.
(Plutarch, for a more authoritative but equally awesome account of it:)
When the despots in Phocis had seized Delphi, and the Thebans were waging war against them in what has been called the Sacred War, the women devotees of Dionysus, to whom they give the name of Thyads, in Bacchic frenzy wandering at night unwittingly arrived at Amphissa. As they were tired out, and sober reason had not yet returned to them, they flung themselves down in the market-place, and were lying asleep, some here, some there. The wives of the men of Amphissa, fearing, because their city had become allied with the Phocians, and numerous soldiers of the despots were present there, that the Thyads might be treated with indignity, all ran out into the market-place, and, taking their stand round in silence, did not go up to them while they were sleeping, but when they arose from their slumber, one devoted herself to one of the strangers and another to another, bestowing attentions on them and offering them food. Finally, the women of Amphissa, after winning the consent of their husbands, accompanied the strangers, who were safely escorted as far as the frontier.