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Lucretius


De Rerum Natura Book II, 644-660. “All this is well and admirably told. It is, however, far removed from the truth. For perfect peace gods by their very nature Must of necessity enjoy, and immortal life, Far separate, far removed from … Continue reading

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“Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame”


– Hesiod.

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“Ancient Worlds” – Richard Miles:


Was a darn good investment on my part! I am absolutely loving his look at the development of ‘civilisation’, how we went from pastoral and agricultural farmers to human beings living in apartments within a thriving polis (city-state). Why do … Continue reading

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North Korea, the Sparta of our time.


A society living very basic lifestyles so their government can keep a highly trained military force? Compulsory physical and military training? An idealism based on equality? Keeping incredibly private affairs and not wishing to involve themselves in their neighbours business? A society … Continue reading

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Oh my.


“Believe me, the pleasure of love is not to be rushed, but gradually elicited by well tempered delay. When you have found the place where a woman loves to be fondled, don’t you be ashamed to touch it any more … Continue reading

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Graffiti at Pompeii.


“VII.12.18-20 (the Lupinare); 2192: Sollemnes, you screw well!” “VI.16.15 (atrium of the House of Pinarius); 6842: If anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girl friend” “VI.15.6 (House of Caesius Valens and Herennius Nardus); 4637: Rufus … Continue reading

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