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The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Author Unknown

2100 BCE
The Iliad

The Iliad

Homer

800 BCE
The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Homer

800 BCE
Lady of Elx

Lady of Elx

499 BCE
Temple of Segesta

Temple of Segesta

420 BCE
Ancient Theatre of Taormina

Ancient Theatre of Taormina

400 BCE
The Mahābhārata

The Mahābhārata

Vyasa

It takes 1.8 million words to describe the meaning of life

400 BCE
The Republic

The Republic

Plato

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

360 BCE
Aristotle's Poetics

Aristotle's Poetics

Aristotle

Drama, tragedy, comedy and satire. Aristotle's masterclass on poetry and theater — too bad half of it's missing...

335 BCE
The Laws of Manu

The Laws of Manu

Author Unknown

Want to become a Brahman? Memorize 1000 laws.

200 BCE
The Ramayana

The Ramayana

Valmiki

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

100 BCE
On the Nature of Things

On the Nature of Things

Lucretius

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

50 BCE
Ten Books on Architecture

Ten Books on Architecture

Vitruvius

How to build roads, buildings and aqueducts with Roman precision

15 BCE
Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

Ovid

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

1 CE
Aeneid

Aeneid

Virgil

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

19 CE
Pantheon

Pantheon

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

St. Peter's Square

Gian Lorenzo Bernini1675
Arch of Titus

Arch of Titus

Giovanni Battista Piranesi1748
Hannibal and his Men crossing the Alps

Hannibal and his Men crossing the Alps

Joseph Mallord William Turner1810-1812

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