Sophocles’ Oedipus the King
I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect.-Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Dhamek Stupa, India
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
An angelic, not a human, design.
Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics or Poetics
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.
Trajan’s Victory Column
The story of Emperor Trajan’s victory over a mighty barbarian empire isn’t just one for the books. It’s also told in 155 scenes carved in a spiral frieze on a monumental column.
What folks have done ever since—their hopes and fears and anger, their pleasures, joys, and toing and froing—is my volume’s hotch-potch.
Arch of Titus
POPOLUS QUE ROMANUS
DIVO TITO DIVI VESPASIANI F
The Colosseum, Rome
Rome will exist as long as the Coliseum does; when the Coliseum falls, so will Rome; when Rome falls, so will the world. -Venerable Bede
Josephus’ The Jewish War
Of its style my readers must be left to judge; but, as concerning truth, I would not hesitate boldly to assert that, throughout the entire narrative, this has been my single aim.
Seneca’s On Tranquility of Mind
We suffer more in imagination than in reality.