‘‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ (1635) (Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn).
”And this is the writing that was inscribed: mina, mina, shekel, half-mina. This is the interpretation of the matter: mina, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; shekel, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; half-mina, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians”. – Daniel 5:25–28
”What has history said of eminence without honour, wealth without wisdom, power and possessions without principle ? The answer is reiterated in the overthrow of the mightiest empires of ancient times. Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome; the four successive, universal powers of the past. What and where are they ?” – Orson F. Whitney