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A Sample "Encyclopedia of the Cosmos" Article

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Introduction (Heading 2)

The Introduction should summarize key points, provide a context, and explain why the subject is interesting or important. In the absence of a formal abstract, the Introduction should provide the reader with a top-level overview of the topic capable of standing alone. The writing style should be clear, accessible and serve to motivate the reader to continue to the rest of the article, but without any teasing or hinting at things without proper explanation.

Section (Heading 2)

Aeneadum genetrix, hominum divomque voluptas, alma [[Venus]][1], caeli subter labentia signa quae mare navigerum, quae terras frugiferentis concelebras, per te quoniam genus omne animantum concipitur visitque exortum lumina solis: te, dea, te fugiunt venti, te nubila caeli adventumque tuum, tibi suavis daedala tellus summittit flores, tibi rident aequora ponti placatumque nitet diffuso lumine caelum.

 

Subsection (Heading 3)

Nam simul ac species patefactast verna diei et reserata viget genitabilis aura favoni, aeriae primum volucris te, diva, tuumque significant initum perculsae corda tua vi. Inde ferae pecudes persultant pabula laeta et rapidos tranant amnis: ita capta lepore te sequitur cupide quo quamque inducere pergis.

Sub-subsection (Heading 4)

Figure 1: Venus the planet.

Figure 1: Venus the planet. (Use "Insert/Edit Image" in the second row of editor buttons to upload figures. This "caption-in-a-box" requires special div-tag settings. See FAQ: How Do I Create Image Captions? or contact Assistant Editor for assistance.)

Denique per maria ac montis fluviosque rapacis frondiferasque domos avium camposque virentis omnibus incutiens blandum per pectora amorem efficis ut cupide generatim saecla propagent. Quae quoniam rerum naturam sola gubernas nec sine te quicquam dias in luminis oras exoritur neque fit laetum neque amabile quicquam, te sociam studeo scribendis[2] versibus esse, quos ego de rerum natura pangere conor Memmiadae nostro, quem tu, dea, tempore in omni omnibus ornatum voluisti excellere rebus.

Effice ut interea fera moenera militiai per maria ac terras omnis sopita quiescant; nam tu sola potes tranquilla pace iuvare mortalis, quoniam belli fera moenera Mavors armipotens regit, in gremium qui saepe tuum se reiicit aeterno devictus vulnere amoris, atque ita suspiciens tereti cervice reposta pascit amore avidos inhians in te, dea, visus eque tuo pendet resupini spiritus ore. Hunc tu, diva, tuo recubantem corpore sancto circum fusa super, suavis ex ore loquellas funde petens placidam Romanis, incluta, pacem; nam neque nos agere hoc patriai tempore iniquo possumus aequo animo nec Memmi clara propago talibus in rebus communi desse saluti. Omnis enim per se divum natura necessest immortali aevo summa cum pace fruatur semota ab nostris rebus seiunctaque longe; nam privata dolore omni, privata periclis, ipsa suis pollens opibus, nihil indiga nostri, nec bene promeritis capitur nec tangitur ira.

Fig. 2. Venus the Roman goddess. Note the more complex, difficult to model structure of this Venus.

Fig. 2. Venus the Roman goddess. Note the more complex, difficult to model structure of this Venus.

Aulide quo pacto Triviai virginis aram Iphianassai turparunt sanguine foede ductores Danaum delecti, prima virorum. cui simul infula virgineos circumdata comptus ex utraque pari malarum parte profusast, et maestum simul ante aras adstare parentem sensit et hunc propter ferrum celare ministros aspectuque suo lacrimas effundere civis, muta metu terram genibus summissa petebat. nec miserae prodesse in tali tempore quibat, quod patrio princeps donarat nomine regem. nam sublata virum manibus tremibundaque ad aras deductast, non ut sollemni more sacrorum perfecto posset claro comitari Hymenaeo, sed casta inceste nubendi tempore in ipso hostia concideret mactatu maesta parentis, exitus ut classi felix faustusque daretur. tantum religio potuit suadere malorum.

Tutemet a nobis iam quovis tempore, vatum terriloquis victus dictis, desciscere quaeres. quippe etenim quam multa tibi iam fingere possunt somnia, quae vitae rationes vertere possint fortunasque tuas omnis turbare timore! et merito; nam si certam finem esse viderent aerumnarum homines, aliqua ratione valerent religionibus atque minis obsistere vatum. nunc ratio nulla est restandi, nulla facultas, aeternas quoniam poenas in morte timendum. ignoratur enim quae sit natura animai, nata sit an contra nascentibus insinuetur et simul intereat nobiscum morte dirempta, an tenebras Orci visat vastasque lacunas, an pecudes alias divinitus insinuet se, Ennius ut noster cecinit, qui primus amoeno detulit ex Helicone perenni fronde coronam, per gentis Italas hominum quae clara clueret. etsi praeterea tamen esse Acherusia templa Ennius aeternis exponit versibus edens, quo neque permaneant animae neque corpora nostra, sed quaedam simulacra modis pallentia miris. unde sibi exortam semper florentis Homeri commemorat speciem lacrimas effundere salsas coepisse et rerum naturam expandere dictis. quapropter bene cum superis de rebus habenda nobis est ratio, solis lunaeque meatus qua fiant ratione, et qua vi quaeque gerantur in terris, tunc cum primis ratione sagaci unde anima atque animi constet natura videndum, et quae res nobis vigilantibus obvia mentes terrificet morbo adfectis somnoque sepultis, cernere uti videamur eos audireque coram, morte obita quorum tellus amplectitur ossa.

300px-Botticelli_Venus from Wikipedia

Figure 1. The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli c. 1485–1486.

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References (Optional - Heading 2)

References may be listed alphabetically as below or combined via numbered reference with the footnotes.  References cite works that specificlly support the article, contrasted with bibliographic entries that list works used as background for an artcile.

  • Lucretius Carus, Titus, 60 BCE, De Rerum Natura (internal link), J. Phil. Soc. Rome (Ancient), Vol. XVII, p. LXVI.
  • Schilling, R., 1982, (2nd ed.). La Religion Romaine de Vénus depuis les origines jusqu'au temps d'Auguste. Paris: Editions E. de Boccard.

Footnotes (optional - Heading 2)

  1. Refers to the goddess, not the planet.
  2. Refers to terrestrial lakes, not lunar maria.

Notes (optional - Heading 2)

Text courtesy of estate of Prof. Titus Lucretius Caro.

Related EoC Articles (optional - Heading 2)

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Related EoC Topics (optional - Heading 2)

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Further Reading (optional - Heading 2)

External Links (optional - Heading 2)

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  • Wikipedia entry for Lucretius (same but named external link - preferred)

Preview Image (Heading 2)

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(2009). A Sample "Encyclopedia of the Cosmos" Article. Retrieved from http://www.cosmosportal.org/view/article/134533

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