Setanta will give the definitive answer as soon as he discovers this thread. I feel sure somehow.
What is setanta??
I was just discussing with a friend the parallels between the decline of Rome and the decline of the US (hey, it's better than talking about work), and we were trying to figure out if there was a defining moment when Rome went on a steady plunge from world power to chopped up chaos.
So is the US the New Ancient Rome? Is Bush fiddling while we burn? Are Barach and Hillary the new divided empire? Will we finally get to feed some Christians to the lions (not Eva, I like her)? Known parallels: monetary decline, hiring mercenaries, bankruptcy via waste and war, trade imbalance etc.
Now I really do have to get to work, but I'll check back.