This quote from Vergil's Aeneid looms over these Pompeiian remains, much like Mount Vesuvius in the background.
Together this quote and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina nod to the Library of Alexandria, lost in antiquity.
Pisanello's portrait of Sigismund of Luxemburg, now in Vienna, is placed behind a quote, possibly from the king himself.
Eraser shavings serve as a nice addendum to this quote.
A weathered column stands behind this line from Tacitus.
Amat victoria curam: Victory likes careful preparation
Citius Altius Fortius: Faster, Higher, Stronger
Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit.: Perhaps someday it will bring pleasure to remember even these things