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West: Hispania
* Augustus’s reported last words were, “I found Rome of clay; I leave it to you of marble.” All Plato’s works of dialogues from which he is purposefully detached.
* Nero exhausted the Roman treasury rebuilding the city around his Golden House and commissioned a giant statue of himself at its center. Mark Antony took charge of Caesar’s will and papers and gave a stirring eulogy for the fallen leader.
East: Alexandria
* Homer says of Zeus, “He then lowered his glowing countenance, and the ambrosial locks swayed on his immortal head, till vast Olympus reeled.” One hymn describes Hermes as the luck-bringing messenger and giver of grace and good things.
* Poseidon ruled the vast sea, living on the ocean floor in a palace made of coral and jewels. Though goddess of the moon, Artemis was chiefly goddess of the wilderness, the hunt, and wild animals.
Midwest: Carthage
* Cicero built an immediate reputation at 25 when he conducted his first case, successfully, in defense of sex. While in Athens, Horace joined the army of Brutus as a tribunus.
* Caesar is often depicted wearing a garland to cover his receding hair line. Carmen and error led to Ovid's banishment to an island on the Black Sea of wretched climate during the rule of Augustus.
Central: Athens
* If anyone violated the moral order or did anything to excess, those affected thereby could call upon Nemesis for revenge. On the Acropolis at Athens, Nike was the personification of victory under the aegis of Athena.
* Iris was the personification of the rainbow and the link between the divine and human. Helius, the sun-god with an ability to see everything, was the first to see Hades abduct Persephone and Ares’s affair with Aphrodite.