• I envy those old Greek bathers, into whose hands were delivered Pericles, and Alcibiades, and the perfect models of Phidias. They had daily before their eyes the highest types of Beauty which the world has ever produced; for of all things that are beautiful, the human body is the crown.

    Bayard Taylor (1855). “The Lands of the Saracen: Or, Pictures of Palestine, Asia Minor, Sicily and Spain”, p.154