“Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts. No anchor, no cable, no fences, avail to keep a fact a fact. Babylon, Troy, Tyre, Palestine, and even early Rome, are passing already into fiction.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, History, 1836
As a Classicist; a Historian of sorts, this statement is profoundly humbling to me; for unambiguous reasons: the perception and unease of epiphany that events past may somehow; some day, be relegated to insignificance. Emerson’s Circles furthers this observation and I will shortly offer my “two cents” on this revelation; another cross-pollination of thoughts, sentiments, and philosophies that I, again, share with my hero.