Famous quotes containing the word ancients:

    The ancients adorned their sarcophagi with the emblems of life and procreation, and even with obscene symbols; in the religions of antiquity the sacred and the obscene often lay very close together. These men knew how to pay homage to death. For death is worthy of homage as the cradle of life, as the womb of palingenesis.
    Thomas Mann (1875–1955)

    Though the ancients were ignorant of the principles of Christianity there were in them the germs of its spirit.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    We have heard much about the poetry of mathematics, but very little of it has yet been sung. The ancients had a juster notion of their poetic value than we.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)