A Touch of Classical Wisdom V

Socrates used to call popular beliefs “the monsters under the bed”–only useful for frightening children with.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.180 c. AD

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A Touch of Classical Wisdom II

The one who buggers a fire burns his penis.

-Found on the walls of a basilica in Pompeii.

Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum

A Touch of Classical Wisdom

Nevertheless, let us take this business seriously and spare no pains; success is never automatic in this world–nothing is achieved without trying.

-Said by Mardonius, a Persian military commander, at a conference to Xerxes, urging the King of Persia to war with Greece. c. 5th century BC.

SPOILER ALERT: They lose.

The Histories
by Hero “The Father of History” dotus.