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  • That your construction looks like a Rube Goldberg machine or a psychosis-inducing theatrum machinarum will not count against you.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • It is a poor saying of Epicurus, Satis magnum alter alteri theatrum sumus; as if man, made for the contemplation of heaven, and all noble objects, should do nothing but kneel before a little idol and make himself a subject, though not of the mouth (as beasts are), yet of the eye; which was given him for higher purposes.

    The Essays

  • Greater preferment as I could never get, so am I not in debt for it, I have a competence (laus Deo) from my noble and munificent patrons, though I live still a collegiate student, as Democritus in his garden, and lead a monastic life, ipse mihi theatrum, sequestered from those tumults and troubles of the world,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Cur in theatrum Cato severs venisti? was justly said to an old man: how much more so would it be to one of your age?

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Nulli unquam principum in secundis agenti illos fictos plausus vel metus dedit, vel adulatio vendidit, quàm hic verissimos expressere fuga, carcer, theatrum et illa omnium funestissima securis, qua obstupe, fecit hostes moriens et cæsus triumphavit.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters

  • Bodin were placed on the Index in 1628; the edition of 1900 continues the prohibition of his "Universae naturae theatrum".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • It is a poor saying of Epicurus, Satis magnum alter alteri theatrum sumus [Each is to another a theatre large enough]; as if man, made for the contemplation of heaven and all noble objects, should do nothing but kneel before a little idol, and make himself a subject, though not of the mouth (as beasts are), yet of the eye; which was given him for higher purposes.

    X. Of Love

  • Cicero compares the earth to a vast theatre: Quemadmodum theatrum cum commune sit, recte tamen dici potest ejus esse eum locum quem quisque occuparit.

    What is Property? An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government.

  • Cum locatum a censoribus theatrum exstrueretur; P. Cornelio Nasica auctore, tanquam inutile et nociturum publicis moribus, ex senatus consulto destructum est, populusque aliquamdiu stans ludos spectavit.

    A History of Rome During the Later Republic and Early Principate

  • * Exemplum accidit, mulieris, domino teste, quae theatrum adiit, et inde cum daemonio rediit.

    The Practice of Piety: Directing a Christian How to Walk, that He May Please God.

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  • I was penetrating to the heart of a secret message in the form of a rationalist theatrum.

    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 15

    September 29, 2008