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Cornelis van Haarlem, The Fall of the Titans (ca. 1596–98). National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen

I'll just pretend I never heard it!

This is Arcadia in 378 AD.

I won’t believe the Emperor was beaten by the Goths,

who will presently stream in and destroy the known world!

God knows, I was depressed before, but this!

The Titans once made trouble, too,

and Zeus slew them with his thunderbolts.

So will Heaven these new barbarians.

Valens dead, our army smashed, they say?

I simply won’t believe it!

Why, here in Megalopolis, things are A-OK!

June 4, 2024


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