Philosopher David Hume in his 1757 essay, Of the Standard of Taste wrote that some works of art endure over the centuries because humanity, despite time, nationality, and place, finds universal agreement in beauty and “taste”. Thus “The same Homer, who pleased at Athens and Rome two thousand years ago, is still admired at Paris and at London. All the changes of climate, government, religion, and language, have not been able to obscure his glory.” Hume’s essay was written at a time when theories of aesthetics were being advanced. What makes a thing beautiful? Why do some works of art endure while others fall away? Can we identify the qualities that make certain works of art, music, and literature timeless?