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Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends! We’re so glad you could attend! Come inside, come inside! And on this week’s episode of Meet the Romans… Gallienus was quite the character, wasn’t he? In fact, he’s quite the character after an entire string of WUT characters. Decius had one of the firstContinue reading “Tex’s Update 16: Gibbon’s Great Sigh of Relief”
This chapter’s two main emperors may have 99 problems, but being called “effeminate” by Gibbon ain’t one. He loves these guys. Let’s see if his favorable opinion of Gallienus’ immediate successors is justified. Chapter 11 Part 1 What? After all that buildup about a near extinction-level pandemic at the end of the last chapter, itContinue reading “Anna’s Update 16: whack-a-mole”
You know the one — he’s the guy with inside information about the fortress his enemies are trying to invade, and he’s willing to sell said information for the right price. There’s a higher than normal concentration of such informants in this chapter, so I’ve started marking them with tiny trollfaces. Also, this term wasContinue reading “Anna’s Update 15: spot the informant”
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THE FALL OF ROME W.H. Auden (for Cyril Connolly) The piers are pummelled by the waves; In a lonely field the rain Lashes an abandoned train; Outlaws fill the mountain caves. Fantastic grow the evening gowns; Agents of the Fisc pursue Absconding tax-defaulters through The sewers of provincial towns. Private rites of magic send The temple prostitutes to sleep; All the literati keep An imaginary friend. Cerebrotonic Cato may Extol the Ancient Disciplines, But the muscle-bound Marines Mutiny for food and pay. Caesar's double-bed is warm As an unimportant clerk Writes I DO NOT LIKE MY WORK On a pink official form. Unendowed with wealth or pity, Little birds with scarlet legs, Sitting on their speckled eggs, Eye each flu-infected city. Altogether elsewhere, vast Herds of reindeer move across Miles and miles of golden moss, Silently and very fast.