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West: Hispania
* All Plato's works of dialogues from which he is purposefully detached. Heraclitus, a critic of his predecessors, was the first Western philosopher to go beyond physical theory in search of the moral and metaphysical.
* Marcus Aurelius' Meditations is revered as a literary monument on Stoic philosophy. Though none of his works remain extant, Socrates is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy.
East: Alexandria
* 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.
* Carmen and error led to Ovid's banishment to an island on the Black Sea of wretched climate during the rule of Augustus. 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." While Constantine was on campaign, Maximian rebelled, declared the emperor dead, and assumed his role.
* Mark Antony took charge of Caesars will and papers and gave a stirring eulogy for the fallen leader. Alexander overthrew the Persian Empire and carried Macedonian arms to India.
Central: Athens
* Plutarch spent the last 30 years of his life as a priest at Delphi. Homer, many scholars believe, may have been illiterate.
* Appian provides more social and economic details than most of his contemporaries. Hesiod, one of the oldest known Greek poets, once won a tripod for a song at a funeral.