Circe – Jean Jules Badin
“All things fade into the storied past, and in a little while are shrouded in oblivion. Even to men whose lives were a blaze of glory, this comes to pass; as to the rest, the breath is hardly out of them before, in Homer’s words, they are “lost to sight alike and hearsay”. What, after all, is immortal fame? An empty, hollow thing. To what, then, must we aspire? This, and this alone: the just thought, the unselfish act, the tongue that utters no falsehood, the temper that greets each passing event as something predestined, expected and emanating from the One source and origin.”
Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, born on this date, April 26, in 121 CE.
Marcus Aurelius, fragment of a bronze portrait. Roman artwork, after 170 CE. Collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photo by: Marie-Lan Nguyen (2007) via Wikimeida Commons (X). License: Public Domain.
Marcus Aurelius took up the age and attire of a philosopher at the age of 11. He began to keep a record of his thoughts in the year 170, for his own benefit and guidance, never intending for it to be published. A single copy in Greek survived, and was first published, with a Latin translation, in 1559. You can read his Meditations here.
Read the Eulogium on Marcus Aurelius by Antoine Léonard Thomas here.
False Mercury by Sir Edward Burne-Jones
watercolor touched with gold on paper
Fresco with the Arrival of Io in Egypt
Roman, AD 62–79; found in the Temple of Isis, Pompeii
Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was born #onthisday in AD 121. Aurelius’ philosophical ‘Meditations’ are considered to be one of the world’s most influential works, incorporating stoic principles he used to cope with life as a warrior and leader. Aurelius’ reign was troubled by natural disasters and war. His personal writings outline a philosophy of commitment to virtue above pleasure, and tranquility above happiness.
This striking half-life-sized bronze portrait was found near Brackley in Northamptonshire.
Department of Egyptian Antiquities: From the late prehistoric period to the late Middle Kingdom (circa 3800 – 1710 BC)
True singing is a different breath, about
nothing. A gust inside the god. A wind.