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Aristotle is known as the "Father of Western Philosophy." While his greatest contributions to the world lay in philosophy, logic, and ethics, he also wrote scientific texts. In "On the Motion of Animals," Aristotle presents a theory regarding animal movement. The text pairs well with another work by Aristotle, "On the Gait of Animals."Show more
This Aristotelian treatise makes up part of the philosopher's Parva Naturalia, which is Latin for "short treatises on nature." In this text, he presents his ideas about the human senses. He connects each sense to an element-sight to water, touch to earth, etc. While Aristotle's view of the senses is scientifically inaccurate in many ways, this treatise is a fascinating read for anyone interested in learning more about how the ancients understood the world.Show more
Queen Elizabeth I took Parliament by surprise when she began her speech of November 30, 1601. They had expected a discussion of the nation's economic situation, but instead she announced this speech would be her last as Queen. She drew tears from some of her listeners as she spoke earnestly of her love for her position, people, and country, saying, "though you have had and may have many mightier and wiser Princes sitting in this Seat, yet you never had, nor shall have any that will love you better." The speech was later printed, accompanied by a note reading, "This speech ought to be set in letters of gold."Show more
Elizabeth I became queen in 1558. In 1559, a worried Parliament petitioned her to marry so she may produce an heir, and she responded by courteously telling them she would do as she saw fit. With the queen still unmarried, they repeated their plea in 1566, and Elizabeth answered with significantly less patience in this fiery speech. Tired of being told what to do, she chastised the Parliament: "A strange thing that the foot should direct the head in so weighty a cause," she told them, and reigned for 37 more years a single woman.Show more
Queen Elizabeth delivered this speech to the soldiers at Tilbury as they prepared to face the Spanish Armada. Leaving her body guard behind, she walked among the men in a symbolic act of solidarity. She told them, "I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too." By telling them she would fight alongside them if necessary, Queen Elizabeth further established herself as both a fellow citizen and a benevolent ruler.Show more
When two friends wander down a maze of underground tunnels, they stumble upon the entrance to another world populated with a race of advanced humanoid beings. These beautiful subterranean creatures hold immense power in the form of Vril energy, and they've got a plot to conquer the overworld. This 1871 sci-fi novel presents a fascinating story about society, science, and philosophy. A best-seller in its day, this supernatural Victorian travel tale holds its own among the popular dystopian works of today.Show more
St. Teresa of Avila was a Carmelite nun, Spanish mystic, and reformer in the sixteenth century. She claims to have received visions from God, which are the subject of her written work. In this text, she emphasizes the importance of living a contemplative life in order to achieve complete union with God. Though she believed this union was achieved through private prayer, St. Teresa also used her wisdom to serve others and continually sought to make positive changes in the church, which has made her a religious inspiration to this day.Show more
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