Thinking a lot about Onfim today
@Pixley it's really cool! I came across the wikipedia article by accident a while back and I haven't been able to stop thinking about him
@checkervest I'm sure the parents were like "Stop drawing and finish your homework! Those drawings will not get you anywhere!"
And look who has a Wikipedia entry now. 😆
@checkervest Wow - thanks for sharing this! The drawings are amazing. Our kid is now 10, but a few years ago his drawings looked not much different - this creates a wonderful bridge to the people who lived almost 800 years ago.
@tsturm it's always pleasant to be reminded that people from the past were just like us. it's easy to forget that
@checkervest Reminds me of the recent discovery of a snack bar in Pompeii. When you see the paintings advertising the food, it feels so immediate and human. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/pompeii-snack-bar
it's amazing to me that we have hundreds of surviving school tablets from thousands of years ago inscribed by kids learning cuneiform writing, eg.
@fraggle I read something recently that pointed out that the ancient people who wrote on tablets in cuneiform could see a modern day person with a tablet and they would know exactly what it was and what it was being used for and that connection is such an incredibly wonderful thought
@checkervest Onfim's "I am a beast" always touches me deeply when I think about it. Other beresty (from other writers) are also touching, especially love letters.
@skyofmywindow oh absolutely. I would love to read more of them. it's so nice finding snapshots into the lives of people in the past and recognizing them as people you might know
@skyofmywindow that is really exciting!! I know what I'll be doing for the next couple of hours haha
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