ouranio depends on the motions of the celestial bodies to visualise its various personalised calendar projects; these motions seem —on the human scale— nearly unchangeable.(1) But change, decay and, at last, death are a daily «routine» for human beings: Humans are born and perish; buildings are built and destroyed; typhoons can eliminate large, heavey structures from the face of the Earth…

Neither intellectual production can escape the physical decay. The creations of the Art of Logos (greek word – something larger than Speech or the latin philosophical term ratio), be they scientific studies, philosophical books, literature or religious intuitions, are vanishing in every moment irreversibly; everyone of these is something unique: When a creation is slipping into oblivion, human civilization is becoming impoverished – our sensibilities, thinner…

That is why, from old times, the scholars of every tradition have started to select with care and concern meticulously the most worthly expressed (according to their subjective opinion), to classify them and deliver them to next generations; in other words: they created a n t h o l o g i e s (from the greek word: ἀνθολογία – phonetically: anthologia – ἀνθός=flower and λόγος, cf. Logos in the previous paragraph). Some texts are delivered only as mere fragments because of this practice.(2)

A special form of anthology creation is the extraction of quotes, i.e. relatively short written or spoken phrases with an accomplished meaning from the whole corpus of a literate production – a short reference. Some examples: the Analects of Comfucius, the sayings ascribed to the Seven Greek Sages, the most important sayings of the Dialogues of Buddha, the suras of Quran, the book of Proverbs in Old Testament etc.

Quotes are directly connected to epigramms, i.e. whatever was written on a monument to inform the visitor; it was usually a meaning expressed in a short poem. Anthologia Graeca, a collection of epigramms from the archaic age to the last centuries of the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire, is a celebrated document of the greek scholarship and sensibility.

Famous anthologies in the East are the chinese anthologies of Poetry and the anthology of sanscrit court poetry of the buddhist scholar Vidyākara (~1100 B.C.E.).

But also the important scientific books are collecting from the past scientific thought exposing the fundamental corrolaries beside the new ones· the sutras of Panini for the Sanscrit Grammar, the lectures of Aristotle and the Mathematical Composition (the Almagest) of Claudius Ptolemy —the foundation of pre-copernician Astronomy— are some examples.

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The center of all these quests is the need for concise knowledge of the worthly delivered (according to the critical opinion of the scholar who synthesises the anthology). ouranio maintains and enriches a database of quotes from the poetical, stochastic and scientific world heritage. Every call of home page is connected with a randomly chosen quote to combine the information of Time with a moment in the History of Culture; because the human, from the moment on he has achieved Culture, is conceptualising Time twofoldly: according to the celestial motions and, as a social being, in relation to past human achievements.

This classified collection will also «decorate» the various personalised calendar products of ouranio to transform the daily cosmic view of the user to a link in the long chain of World Human Tradition.

  1. The problem of the stability of the solar system (therefore also of the Earth and lunar orbits) remains mostly unsolved Cf. here.
  2. E.g. Aeschylus wrote more than eighty theatrical plays during its life; only seven are near fully saved. Verses of the other plays are delivered because of the effort of some ancient scholars.