Quintus Curtius is the pen name of writer and translator George Thomas.
He graduated from MIT in 1990 and served on active duty for a number of years as a US Marine Corps officer, with deployed service worldwide. After leaving active duty, he enrolled in law school and began to practice law in state and federal courts after graduating in 1998.
He resides in Kansas City and travels frequently.
He currently has seven published books. These include the following annotated translations and essay collections:
This site was created with three purposes in mind: to educate, to entertain, and to inspire. These three things are our mission. We draw from the deep wells of history, philosophy, literature, biography, and other disciplines to extract life’s timeless lessons.
He who is not passionate himself, who is not imbued with zeal, cannot inspire passion in others. To know a man, you must look at his life, his conduct, and his achievements. You must look at his character and his struggles.
We are not alone here. Many others walk with us. A thousand statesmen, inventors, saints, scholars, artists, poets, athletes, mystics, seekers, lovers, and philosophers inhabit this space, and imbue us with their collective wisdom.
This is our shared space, this Fortress of the Mind.
We are nourished and guided by their celestial lights. Let us explore together, and see what we may discover about ourselves and our world.
To our readers, we will here repeat these lines of Lucan (Pharsalia VII.277 and IX.392):
Ite per ignavas gentes famosaque regna
Et primo ferri motu prosternite mundum…
At qui sponsore salutis
Miles eget capiturque animae dulcedine, vadat
Ad dominum meliore via.
And this means:
Make your way through the unworthy peoples and the renowned nations,
And strike the world down with the first stroke of your blade…
But if any fighter needs an assurance of safety and is beholden to the easy life,
Let him take an easier path with a different instructor.
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