. Even then Cassandra, who, by the god’s decree, is never to be believed by Trojans, reveals our future fate with her lips. —Virgil, The Aeneid (Kline translation) Surcease, Cassandra, stop that whining. We’ve heard what you have said. Enough. Come pour yourself a glass of wine and make, as they say, not war but love. It makes no sense to think that people don’t want to live in grace and peace. Nobody’s there. Wipe your spittle. The horse is neat and you’re amiss. We get it, Danaans are evil... You may dislike them all you want. While you continue with your drivel, we’ll get the horse, Athena’s bond. What can go wrong? Think for a moment— you’ll understand that you are wrong: the horse is nice, the Greeks are gone, and, by all accounts, Troy is strong. Instead of being paranoid, appreciate this work of art— that’s what behooves us. In we’ll roll it. The Greeks are stupid. We are smart. So says Sinon, as well he knows. But if it’s you who’s right, so what? The world is old, and if it goes— it’s gods’ unalterable plot. If there is something to beware, it’s quite high time for that to come: the world is far beyond repair. If you lament it, you are dumb. The world’s already past its summit. It’s rolling to its bitter end… So welcome ye the plague that’s coming— it’s here by popular demand. It’s back by popular demand. . . Michael Vanyukov is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Psychiatry, and Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. He immigrated to the United States 30 years ago as a refugee from the Soviet Union.