I read this today:
The fourth day of Megalesia continues with Ludi scenici. Originally the Ludi Megalesia consisted of theater shows shown on a single day, 10 April, and only on the Palatine Hill in front of the Temple of Magna Mater. In fact it was first at Megalesia that ludi scenici were first introduced to Rome in 193 or 191 BCE. It was likewise in the Ludi Megalesia that new forms of dance and music were first introduced. Apparently that tradition continued into the Late Republic when Cicero claimed that Catalina had desacrated the Ludi Megalesia when he brought in new dances, and he accused Clodius of incestum for adopting a new form of music for the games. Cicero insisted that only the playing of flutes and strings should accompany ludi scenici, since
AUC 1282 / 529 CE: Justinian closes the Academia at Athens.
The Academia founded by Plato had greatly declined, as had Athens itself, by 336 BCE. But at the beginning of the fifth century it received a large endowment and revived under the leadership first of Proclus, then Isidorus, and finally Damascius. At first Justinian prohibited cultores Deorum from teaching. It was one of several measures he took at the beginning of his reign against those who remained loyal to the culti Deorum ex patria. Then in April he closed the Academy at Athens, but this did not end the Academy itself. Then, by the early part of 532, Justinian confiscated the Academia's endowment. Damascius at first moved the Academy and its faculty to Harran, where it remained, still honoring the ancient Gods, until the arrival of the Turks at the end of the eleventh century. Even that was not the end of the Academia. Accounts of the cultores Deorum and their practices were a normal part of the stories brought back by Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem before the First Crusade. Many of the students and faculty of the Academia at Harran had travelled to Damascus well before this time, and then to Bagdad, making that city the center of learning and the Neoplatonic Academia of Damascus laid the foundation of Islamic philosophy. When the Abbasids drove out the Umayyads from Damascus, they travelled to Spain where they established the Caliphate of Cordoba, and with them the remaining members of the Academia followed. It was then from such Islamic beacons of learning that preserved the Academia that a humanist revival arrived in Europe during the Renaissance.
Today's brief thought is taken from Monimus, an obscure Cynic who is quoted by Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 2.15:
"All is as thinking makes it so."
What has been shall always be again.