Saturday, 11 April 2009

Epicurus


Throughout the lands man lay miserably crushed 
Before all eyes beneath Religion- who 

Would show her head along the region skies, 
Glowering on mortals with her hideous face- 
A Greek it was who first opposing dared 
Raise mortal eyes that terror to withstand, 
Whom nor the fame of Gods nor lightning's stroke 
Nor threatening thunder of the ominous sky 
Abashed; but rather chafed to angry zest 
His dauntless heart to be the first to rend 
The crossbars at the gates of Nature old. 
And thus his will and hardy wisdom won; 
And forward thus he fared afar, beyond 
The flaming ramparts of the world, until 
He wandered the unmeasurable All. 
Whence he to us, a conqueror, reports 
What things can rise to being, what cannot, 
And by what law to each its scope prescribed, 
Its boundary stone that clings so deep in Time. 
Wherefore Religion now is under foot, 
And us his victory now exalts to heaven.

-Lucretius, De Rerum Natura I, Ode to Epicurus

8 comments:

RollingStronz said...

Ahhh, questo disegno è proprio carino :)

The Complicated said...

Very nice! High five!

TF said...

Grazie! Thanks! High fives! :-D

Auntie E said...

*speechless*

ComicsAllTooReal's Chris said...

So, Prometheus or Jesus?

:P

Elwood said...

"Do you smell something?"

Dr. Zaius said...

It looks like Diogenes found a honest man. Or honest monster, as the case might be.

wiec? said...

your illustration is awesome! great job!