One philosopher goes shirtless; another bookless; a third, only half-clad, says, "Bread have I none, yet still I cleave to REASON." For my part, I too have no fruit of my learning, and yet cleave to her.
-- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus --
A warm welcome to HelioGabby's Home Page.
This page contains an assortment of links to some favorite places on the Web, having to do with the Emperor Elagabalus or with the ancient/classical world, generally, but nothing to do with me.
For a really good time, however, visit HELIOGABBY'S BATH HOUSE and its ELECTRONIC LIBRARY -- a shocking collection of historical texts, including works by Aelius Lampridius, Cassius Dio, Lucian, Edward Gibbon, James G. Frazer, J. Stuart Hay, H. L. Mencken, Athenaeus, Procopius, Seneca, and probably some others who slip my mind at the moment.
Leave thine home, O YOUTH, and seek out alien shores: a larger range of life is ordained for thee. Yield not to misfortune; the far-off Danube shall know thee, the cold North-wind, and the untroubled kingdoms of Canopus, and the men who gaze on the new birth of Phoebus or upon his setting: he that disembarks on distant sands, becomes thereby the greater man.
Wine & bath-house sensualities steepen the downward slope.
Sailor, ask not whose this tomb: may you fare on seas more calm.
He knew how death hunts at distance; dug his own grave with both hands and heart scornful of mortal childishness. May the SUN of such wisdom shine long beneath the Sun.
We're all Heliogabalus.