Fresco of Venus from Pompeii


He who will die the soonest...

The longest liver and he who will die soonest lose just the same. For the present is the only thing of which a man can be deprived, if it is true that this is the only thing which he has, and that a man cannot lose a thing if he has it not.



Ancient Roman Apartment Building, Ostia Antica


Fresco From Livia's Villa


Temple Of Janus, Autun, France


Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
Every moment... do what thou hast in hand with perfect and simple dignity, and feeling of affection, and freedom, and justice; and to give thyself relief from all other thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius, before and after being made Roman emperor, made notes to himself on how to treat people, how to deal with stress, and why to stay honest.


He was called the last good emperor by Gibbon, and he seems to have followed his own advice about avoiding luxury, as he spend most of his career camped near the border, supervising Rome's defences.


This was apparently never meant to be published, and it shows. It's pretty rough around the edges and occasionally repetitive, but I've also found it a constant source of motivation and stress-relief throughout my life. In a time where most people claiming to offer advice and motivation are blatant scam artists, this book is a treasure.


I would especially advise you to read the public domain George Long translation. Along with being free, it's very readable and pleasant.



Ancient Mosaic, Found In Rome Earlier This Year


From Pompeii's Temple of Isis


Vatican Unswept Floor Mosaic