Images of Authority

There are certain images that exude authority in the world of academic content, and especially in the field of Classics. Probably the most well known of all are the images associated with Oxford University Press. Here are some samples swept off my own bookshelves.
I want to make an important point here. Unlike the octopus picture which appears on my home page, but which is not actually stored on my homepage, and which is not "mine", these images are photographs that I took of my own books with my own camera in my own kitchen, and which I edited and posted myself. They are authentic photographic images and I am the author. If anyone wants to re-use them, they have my permission, but they need to reference this location.
Nothing says authority like this beauty. This photograph comes from the spine of my LSJ, which all readers of Ancient Greek know is the term for the ultimate and one and only Liddell & Scott Lexicon, a work that took a generation to write. You can stun an ox with this giant dictionary. The brightest minds in Classics put it together by cutting out slips of paper from texts wherever they found the words they were assigned, collating them, reading them in context and in relation to each other, and then coming up with definitions. Nothing has come close to replacing it, but you can get an app on your IPhone that will give you access to the content in its entirety. Searchable at the touch of a finger -- just as it was on paper -- but much lighter.
Note also the Latin: "DOMINUS ILLUMINATIO MEA" -- "LORD MY ENLIGHTENMENT." The seal itself seems to claim authority through god, as did Oxford University at its founding.

If anyone who is at all intellectual, academic, or bookish walks into your house and sees this on your shelf, your cover is blown. You are a classicist. The "OCT"'s as they are called are some of the most meticulously researched, edited

This is my 16th Century edition of Hesiod, photographed against a bit of slate floor in my house. It's bound in vellum. Beautiful and old as it is, scholars know that it is not quite as authoritative or accurate as an OCT, although texts like it are used as sources. The seal is real gold -- gilt -- a permanent thing, and incorruptible. We see a cross and a crown, widely recognized symbols of authority.