Classics Calendar for November 3

Woman with a Hat by Henri Matisse

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Lucan (39; died April 30, 65) Roman poet known for Pharsalia or De Bello Civili (On the Civil War); perhaps Laus Pisonis (Praise of Piso)

Benvenuto Cellini (1500; died February 13, 1571) artisan in the Italian Renaissance known for his Autobiography

William Cullen Bryant (1794; died June 12, 1878) American poet; "Thanatopsis"; "To a Waterfowl"

Andre Malraux (1901; died November 23, 1976) French novelist; La Condition Humaine (Man's Fate)

Died on this day:

Henri Matisse (1954; born December 31, 1869) French artist; Woman with a Hat; Nu bleu; La Danse

Ernest Gombrich (2001; born March 30, 1909) Austrian-born British art historian; The Story of Art; Art and Illusion; Meditations on a Hobby Horse; The Image and the Eye

Bonus Classic:

New Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (c. 100-300) Middle Eastern extra-Biblical books; accounts of Jesus and the early Church not included in the Bible; some were in fact "shortlisted" when the Canon was fixed.

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