“my view the man who has not read the poets, is at it were, maimed as regards literature. The poets have many wise and useful things to say about life and how it should be lived; in them are to be found the origins and causes of nature and birth –the seeds as it were of all teachings. By their antiquity and their reputation for wisdom they possess a high authority, by their elegance they have acquired a splendor and perfection, by their nobility they have made themselves a worthy study for free men…”–Leonardo Bruni. The Study of Literature.
Bust of Homer. Courtesy of wikimedia commons.