Not Quite Tyrian, This Cornerstone

April 02, 2016

You may have noticed, but The Cornerstone (this site!) has received a small visual update today. I’ve mostly switched from a blue color scheme to a purple color scheme — and I’ve introduced the logo in the header, which you could previously only admire when you were looking at the favicon. I've also changed the font again — a thing that has become something akin to tradition here on The Cornerstone.

You may have asked yourself — why is this site called The Cornerstone? Time for a little bit of history. It's actually a pretty obscure reference to Augustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor.

One of the very many statues of the first emperor, Octavian Caesar, who was later known as Augustus.

A lot of his policies formed the cornerstone of the Roman Empire that flourished under his reign. Under his rule, the empire knew a very long period of relative peace, which was dubbed the Pax Augusta (lit. 'Augustean Peace') or Pax Romana. It was one of the greatest periods in Roman history. Inspired by Augustus and his policies, this name was chosen a bunch of years ago.

The fact that the new color on my website is purple is also no coincidence. Purple was a color worn by many Roman magistrates in ancient times, as it reflected their status and wealth. (It could only be acquired through trade, and purple was very expensive.) This is, of course, the preferred color of our good old friend Emperor Augustus.

If you have the time, reading about Augustus is a great way to pass the time if you're interested in history, and especially the Roman history. If you read about the story of his ascension you'll also learn about his adoptive father, who's arguably even more famous: Julius Caesar.

I loved reading about these two during my Latin classes back in high school, and I still love to put some references to Roman history every here and there.1

The Cornerstone's new logo. Now in purple, a truly noble color. An another reference to Augustus. I guess you could say that this color is not quite representative of the purple that magistrates would wear... It's not quite Tyrian purple. It's a bit darker. ('Not Quite Tyrian, But A Bit Darker' was an alternative title for this post, by the way.)

  1. One of the package names for an internal project's database package is a reference to Laravel's Eloquent. You know who's also eloquent? A public speaker. You know another word for public speaker? Yes, orator! Orator literally means speaker in Latin. It comes from the Latin verb orare, which means 'to speak before a court or assembly; to plead'. As such, our newest database package is called Orator.