The question "Where have all those of glory gone" arose in the Middle Ages. Bernard of Morlay addressed this question as early as the twelfth century in the lines "Where is the glory of Babylon? Where is the terrible/ Nebuchadnezzar, the strong Darius, famous Cyrus?" [1] This question shows the awareness of the present in comparison to the past, but it also seems to long for the past in a romanticized way. This question also brings up the question where have they gone?

"What is left of all human glory and splendor? Memories, a name. But the sadness of this thought was not satisfying enough given the need for a sharp shudder in the face of death. Consequently, the age looks in the mirror of visible terror, and finds there, in the image of the rotting corpse, perishability condensed into a shorter frame of time." [2] 

 

 

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[1] John Huizinga, Autumn of the Middle Ages, (Chicago, 1996) p. 157.

[2] Huizinga, p. 159.