The Adventure of perfection
O, nobility! O, simple, true beauty! O, goddess whose cult means reason and wisdom, you, whose temple is an eternal lesson in awareness and sincerity, I slowly approach the threshold of your mysteries, bearing a heavy load of guilt.
Ernest Renan, "Priere sur l' Acropole", 1883
Temple, who was it that built you, beautiful within the beauties, for all eternity, You, with all your graces ?
Kostis Palamas, " The King's Flute', 1910