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Ancient Classics

Aeneid

AeneidThe adventures of Aeneis the Trojan, and what happens when the gods hate you

Virgil19 CE
Ancient Theatre of Taormina

Ancient Theatre of Taormina

400 BCE
Arch of Titus

Arch of Titus

Giovanni Battista Piranesi1748
Aristotle’s Poetics

Aristotle’s PoeticsA masterclass on poetry and theater — too bad it’s half missing

Aristotle335 BCE
Hannibal and his Men crossing the Alps

Hannibal and his Men crossing the Alps

Joseph Mallord William Turner1810-1812
Lady of Elx

Lady of Elx

499 BCE
Metamorphoses

MetamorphosesThe transformations of man and gods from before formation of the world

Ovid1 CE
On the Nature of Things

On the Nature of ThingsPhysics, the mind, soul, the movements of the universe, and sex, obviously

Lucretius50 BCE
Pantheon

Pantheon

Marcus Agrippa113 CE-125 CE
St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

Gian Lorenzo Bernini1675
Temple of Segesta

Temple of Segesta

420 BCE
Ten Books on Architecture

Ten Books on ArchitectureHow to build roads, buildings and aqueducts with Roman precision

Vitruvius15 BCE
The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Author Unknown2100 BCE
The Iliad

The Iliad

Homer800 BCE
The Laws of Manu

The Laws of ManuWant to become a Brahman? Memorize 1000 laws.

Author Unknown200 BCE
The Mahābhārata

The MahābhārataIt takes 1.8 million words to describe the meaning of life

Vyasa400 BCE
The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Homer800 BCE
The Ramayana

The RamayanaRama's journey to rescue his wife from the demon king (she's in another castle)

Valmiki100 BCE
The Republic

The RepublicIrony, humor, metaphysics and the meaning of life. The original philosophical masterwork.

Plato360 BCE

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