Classics Calendar for July 8

The British Museum's acquisition of this head of
Ramesses II (also called "Ozymandias") is thought
to have inspired the poem "Ozymandias"
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Jean de la Fontaine (1621; died April 13, 1695) French fabulist; Fables choisies

Marguerite Yourcenar (1903; died December 17, 1987) French novelist and essayist who wrote Coup de Grace; Memoirs of Hadrian

Died on this day:

Christiaan Huygens (1695; born April 14, 1629) Dutch mathematician and scientist known as an astronomer and physicist, among other things. He discovered Saturn's moon, Titan, and invented the pendulum clock. He was a proponent of the wave theory of light, and the Treatise on Light is one of his major works.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1822; born August 4, 1792) English poet; "Ozymandias"; "Ode to the West Wind"; "To a Skylark"; Adonaïs; Prometheus Unbound; Hellas

Mori Ogai (1922; born February 17, 1862) Japanese novelist and poet; Gan (Wild Geese); Wita sekusuarisu (Vita Sexualis); "Takasebune" ("The Boat on the Takase River"); "Maihime" ("The Dancing Girl")

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