Classics Calendar for September 14

"Map of California Illustrating the Travels of
William H. Brewer as Described in
Up and Down California in 1860-64"
(click to enlarge)

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Theodor Storm (1817; died July 4, 1888) German writer whose most popular novellas were Immensee, The Rider on the White Horse, and Paul the Puppeteer

William H. Brewer (1828; died November 2, 1910) American botanist known for a travel account, Up and Down California in 1860-64

Died on this day:

Cyprian of Carthage (258; born unknown date, c. 200) Roman bishop known for writing De Ecclesiae Catholicae Unitate (On the Unity of the Catholic Church), numerous epistles and treatises

John Chrysostom (407; born unknown date, 347) Greco-Syrian Christian orator and Church Father; homilies, especially the Paschal Homily

Dante Alighieri (1321; born June 1, 1265) Italian poet; Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy); Monarchia (On Monarchy); La Vita Nuova (The New Life)

Bonus Classic:

Pythagoras (c. 570-c. 495 BCE) pre-Socratic Greek philosopher; no surviving work, though his ideas (or those attributed to him) were, and to some degree (like the Pythagorean Theorem) still are, influential

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