P O M P E I A N
P R O V E R B S
L O S  D'  M A X I M A L
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IN A.D. 79 MOUNT VESUVIUS ERUPTED
BURYING THE ROMAN CITY OF POMPEII
UNDER A THICK LAYER OF ASH AND PUMICE...

CENTURIES LATER, THE LOST & FRAGMENTED
SCROLLS OF PATRICIAN LOS D' MAXIMAL
ARE DISCOVERED ENTOMBED IN AN URN
UNEARTHED FROM A RUINED VILLA.*

TRANSLATED & RECONSTRUCTED FROM THE ORIGINAL
LATIN,  THE POMPEIAN PROVERBS OF LOS D' MAXIMAL
PROVIDE AN ASTONISHING GLIMPSE INTO THE LAST
DAYS OF A VIBRANT CITY, AND THE MIND OF A 1ST CENTURY
ROMAN LIVING JUST A STEP AWAY FROM OBLIVION.
I.)  THE MYSTERIES
WE PARTAKE IN A COMMUNE WITH ALL THAT IS -
BUT WE ARE ALSO PILGRIMS COME FROM AFAR TO SEE THE GODS -

WE CAST OUR ART BEFORE US LIKE RUNES OR PHILOSOPHER'S STONES
TO DIVINE INSIGHT AND DISCOVER OUR MYSTICISM

BECAUSE WE EMBRACE THESE MYSTERIES WE REALIZE THAT
WE ALL WERE CREATED BY & WORSHIP THE SAME GOD

THERE ARE 330 MILLION DEITIES - YET NOTHING BUT GOD EXISTS

THE VARIOUS RELIGIONS AND SECTS FIT TOGETHER LIKE ROLES IN A DRAMA

THE LORD CAN BE ADDRESSED BY ANY NAME THAT FEELS SWEET TO THE TONGUE
AND PICTURED IN ANY FORM THAT APPEALS TO OUR SENSE OF WONDER & AWE -
IT DOES NOT MATTER

ALL RELIGIONS ARE BUT DIFFERENT ROUTES UP THE SAME MOUNTAIN -
THE QUESTION THAT CONFRONTS US IS - WHY IS THERE A MOUNTAIN ?

OUR HEARTS STAND BEFORE IT ALL - IN THE RAIN - IN THE SUN -
AND WE CLOUD THESE MYSTERIES ONLY TO COMFORT OURSELVES

THUS WE COMMISSERATE IN THE STRANGENESS OF ALL THAT IS -
AND ALL THOUGHTFUL MEN ARE LEFT WITH THE SENSE THAT
EXISTENCE ITSELF IS VERY ODD

THE MYSTERY SUGGESTS THAT WE OURSELVES ARE THE INFINITE
FROM WHICH THE UNIVERSE PROCEEDS

& WE ARE IN DIRECT TOUCH WITH THE INFINITE -
NOT ONLY ARE WE IN TOUCH WITH THE GODS - WE ARE THE GODS -

THIS IMMENSITY OF SELF IS NOT APPARENT
THUS RITUALS ARE ENACTED - THOUGH TRULY -
THESE RITUALS ARE NOT DIRECTED OUTWARD TO SOME POTENTATE -
BUT INWARD - TO AWAKEN US TO THE REALMS OF GOLD WITHIN OURSELVES -
TO HELP US TO PERCIEVE WHAT WE REALLY ARE - WHAT WE MIGHT TRULY BE -
WE ARE GODS & KINGS THAT HAVE FORGOTTEN

THE RITUALS EXIST TO LET US SEE THE INFINITE STIRRING IN THINGS -
AND TO COAX US TO IMAGINE THE TRUE EMPIRE AROUND US 

* Once believed to be texts belonging to the Cult of Mythra, scholars are now uncertain of their origin.