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West: Hispania
* All Plato's works of dialogues from which he is purposefully detached. By speculating and arguing about the "Boundless" Anaximander was the first metaphysician.
* Heraclitus, a critic of his predecessors, was the first Western philosopher to go beyond physical theory in search of the moral and metaphysical. Thales was esteemed in his times as an original thinker and one who broke with tradition.
* Legend surrounds what we are told about Pythagoras, presenting him as a mathematical genius and a mystic. Marcus Aurelius Meditations is revered as a literary monument on Stoic philosophy.
* Zeno was the first person to show that the concept of infinity is problematical. Though none of his works remain extant, Socrates is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy.
East: Alexandria
* Lucan's De bello civili continuously alludes to the Aeneid to construct his work as an "anti-Aeneid." Cicero built an immediate reputation at 25 when he conducted his first case, successfully, in defense of sex.
* Vergil wanted to have the Aeneid burned upon his death. While in Athens Horace joined the army of Brutus as a tribunus.
* Terence’s works remained prominent in the European curriculum until the 19th century. Carmen and error led to Ovid’s banishment to an island on the Black Sea of wretched climate during the rule of Augustus.
* Caesar is often depicted wearing a garland to cover his receding hair line. Lucretius is praised for his innate ability to ally philosophy with poetry.
Midwest: Carthage
* Augustus’ reported last words were, “I found Rome of clay; I leave it to you of marble.” Pompey, an exceptional militarist, fought in Africa and Spain, cleared the Mediterranean of pirates, and quelled Spartacus’ revolt.
* Nero exhausted the Roman treasury rebuilding the city around his Golden House and commissioned a giant statue of himself at its center. While Constantine was on campaign, Maximian rebelled, declared the emperor dead, and assumed his role.
* Though Claudius was hampered by a limp, trembling, a speech defect, and continual illness, he was deified on death. Mark Antony took charge of Caesar’s will and papers and gave a stirring eulogy for the fallen leader.
* Gaius Marius was the man who organized the army into the most effective fighting machine on earth. Alexander overthrew the Persian Empire, carried Macedonian arms to India.
Central: Athens
* Nothing is known of Euclid's life aside from some useless inferences from antiquity. Plutarch spent the last 30 years of his life as a priest at Delphi.
* Homer, many scholars believe, may have been illiterate. Meleager’s works were mostly erotic and were addressed to both boys and girls.
* Lucian was known to the philosopher Galen for writing fabricated sayings and expressions to expose the ignorance of contemporary sophists and grammarians. Appian provides more social and economic details than most of his contemporaries.
* Thucydides caught the plague late in the 5th century but recovered. Hesiod, one of the oldest known Greek poets, once won a tripod for a song at a funeral.