Brought to you by Horace, from poem 2 found in Book 2 of the Odes.
More widely shall you reign,
if you curb your greedy spirit
than if you should join together
Libya with faraway Spain…
Brought to you today by Epictetus.
Enchiridion, Chapter 13:
If you wish to improve, be content to seem unlearned and ignorant concerning external things, do not desire to seem to know: and if you seem to be someone to some people, distrust yourself.
One of my thrilling new discoveries recently is the ancient Greek novel, and a certain author within this genre named Achilles Tatius, who is this week’s most-honored Greek.
He worked during the Roman era, so during the Roman era. He wrote a long (and very popular) romance novel called Leucippe and Clitophon in the early 2nd century AD. This is a romance tale that involves star-crossed lovers, bandits, shipwrecks, torture, elopements, improbable rescues, etc. The plot is just about as sappy as any dime-store romance novel you could wish for.
And the author’s name was Achilles. Seriously, how much more awesome does it get?
I imagine that he looked something like this, and with a name like Achilles, he really wanted to think he was really intimidating:
In reality, he was probably a harmless, helpless, hopeless romantic who sat around in the evening working on his romance novel and envisioning scenarios in which star-crossed lovers prove their love for one another.
Yep, the ancients wrote terrible, trashy romance novels. And now your faith in the wisdom of the ancients has been shattered.
Today’s words of wisdom are brought to you by Marcus Aurelius:
“Be like the headland against which the waves break and break; it stands firm, until presently the watery tumult around it subsides once more to rest…” (4.49)
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