Interior Decorating

  • Quote from Titus

    It seems we need a thread on interior decoration.

    As requested by Titus in...let me see...March of '21, I decided to pull together a few things that might inspire an idea or two. I haven't led the most settled of lives, and I'm now trying to furnish an apartment from square one.

    So I'm thinking particularly of things that can tastefully be used as decor, while giving a nod to the school of Epicurus.

    A throw pillow with the dolphin and anchor, the Printer's Mark of Aldus Manutius, a Renaissance Venetian who specialized in ancient texts, and revolutionized the way we read, giving us among other things Italic text, portable readers (precursors to the modern paperback), and two editions of the Latin text of Lucretius in 1500 and 1515.

    The dolphin and anchor motif was used in Roman coinage, and symbolized the proverbial Latin phrase Festina Lente (σπεῦδε βρᾰδέως), meaning "make haste slowly.

    Also dating from the sixteenth century is this charming map of Greece. I gather from some of the names that it was meant to be contemporary and not ancient Greece.

    Perhaps something older? This mosaic from Pompeii is thought by some to portray Epicurus second from the right. He is portrayed, as in the famous 'seated statue' with his right foot forward, and his right arm bent upward and holding a scroll. (Others suggest that everyone present is a Platonist...let's have that argument in another thread, shall we?)

    Every scholar needs some book-ends. Why not the Alpha and Omega of book-ends!

    Forum user Bryan had the idea of reproducing the Herculaneum fragments for display.

    His execution of the idea looks quite good!

    I hope to see a thread full of interesting photos!

  • Epicurus accompanied by atoms and owls.

    i like the marbles in the container not only as representing atoms and void but as in representing the vessel to fill - with the marbles representing the pleasures that we add to the vessel to eventually crowd out any remaining pain and thus provide a *positive* representation of a life in which "pain is absent."