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Under the cornice, decorating the east and west exteriors, are twelve terra cotta depictions of the coat of arms of significant historic institutions of higher education. Under the windows the names of fourteen honored writers and scholars are carved into the stone.

main building, eastside cornice

 

 

West Side
Coat of Arms

 

West Side
Writers and Scholars

 
Bologna

  University of Bologna
  (the oldest university in Europe,
  founded in the eleventh century)

Dante

1265-1321 AD
most honored of Italian poets

 
Paris

  University of Paris
  (early thirteenth century)

Virgil

70-19 BC
noblest of Roman poets

 
Oxford

  University of Oxford
  (early thirteenth century)

Cicero

106-43 BC
orator, statesman, and philosopher

 
Salmanca

  University of Salmanca
  (1230)

Aristotle

384-332 BC
philosopher and scientist

 
Cambridge

  University of Cambridge
  (1281)

Herodotus

5th Century BC
the earliest great writer
of prose in Europe

 
Heidelberg

  University of Heidelberg
  (1385)

Homer

9th Century BC
the first of the great
poets of Europe


 

The East side has the coat of arms for the University of Mexico (1553, the oldest university in North America), the University of Edinburgh (1583), Harvard University (1636), the University of Virginia (1825), the University of Michigan (1841), and Vassar College (1861).

The East side writers and scholars are: Shakespeare (1546-1616, greatest of playwrights), Milton (1608-1674, master of English poetry and prose), Moliere (1622-1673, peerless French dramatist), Goethe (1749-1832, the German Titan), Scott (1771-1832, poet and novelist, the Wizard of the North), Mark Twain (1835-1910, humorist, chronicler of American life).

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12 May 1999
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