ObeliskThemes in Art
, Young Hercules

Ancient Classics

— A good story never gets old

Aristotle’s Poetics, Ancient Greece

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

Aristotle’s Poetics

Aristotle, 335 BCE
Metamorphoses, Ancient Rome

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

Metamorphoses

Ovid, 1 CE
On the Nature of Things, Ancient Rome

Physics, the mind, soul, the movements of the universe, and sex, obviously

On the Nature of Things

Lucretius, 50 BCE
Ten Books on Architecture, Ancient Rome

How to build roads, buildings and aqueducts with Roman precision

Ten Books on Architecture

Vitruvius, 15 BCE
The Aeneid, Ancient Rome

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

The Aeneid

Virgil, 19 CE
The Epic of Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia

The Epic of Gilgamesh

2100 BCE
The Iliad, Ancient Greece

The Iliad

Homer, translated by Samuel Butler, 800 BCE
The Laws of Manu, Classical India

Want to become a Brahman? Memorize 1000 laws.

The Laws of Manu

Author Unknown, 200 BCE
The Mahābhārata, Classical India

It takes 1.8 million words to describe the meaning of life

The Mahābhārata

Vyasa, 400 BCE
The Odyssey, Ancient Greece

The Odyssey

Homer, 800 BCE
The Ramayana, Classical India

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

The Ramayana

Valmiki, 100 BCE
The Republic, Ancient Greece

Irony, metaphysics, and the meaning of life

The Republic

Plato, 360 BCE
More Themes in Art
Death in Art, Themes in Art

Death in Art

Life's only guarantee

The Nude in Art, Themes in Art

The Nude in Art

Getting out the skin

Abstract Art, Themes in Art

Abstract Art

Unshackled from the figure

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