Classics Calendar for June 16

A Tale from the Decameron, a 1916 John William Waterhouse
painting inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313; died December 21, 1375) Italian writer; Decameron (The Decameron); De mulieribus claris (On Famous Women)

Adam Smith (1723; died July 17, 1790) Scottish philosopher; The Theory of Moral Sentiments; The Wealth of Nations

Joyce Carol Oates (1938) American novelist, playwright, short story writer, poet, and nonfiction writer; them; Black Water; What I Lived For; Blonde; short story collections The Wheel of Love and Other Stories and Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories

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