In Greece, on the central plateau of the Peloponnesus, the ancient district of Arcadia was isolated from the coast, surrounded on all sides by high mountains.The plateau is also subdivided by smaller ranges.
The Arcadian Shepherds Nicolas Poussin .
Et in Arcadia Ego Nicolas Poussin .
The Arcadians lived simple lives, untouched by the progress that marked the rest of Greece.
Arcadia dyptych John McMenemy .
The name Arcadia thus came to be a symbol of ideal simplicity, rural beauty, and contentment.
Et in Arcadia Ego Giovanni Francesco Barbieri .
It was represented as a kind of paradise in Greek and Roman poetry and Renaissance romances. Encyclopaedia Britannica .
Et in Arcadia Ego Andre Durand .