Gallery 5/12: Festival Fire, near Plantaganet, Ontario.

Photo by the author.

"Therefore it was the discovery of fire that originally gave rise to the coming together of men, to the deliberative assembly, and to social intercourse. And so, as they kept coming together in greater numbers into one place, finding themselves naturally gifted beyond the other animals in not being obliged to walk with faces to the ground, but upright and gazing upon the splendour of the starry firmament, and also in being able to do with ease whatever they chose with their hands and fingers, they began in that first assembly to construct shelters."

--Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, The Ten Books of Architecture, circa 15 BCE.

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