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  • I'm workshopping an idea for a new poem—a monologue written from the perspective of an Epicurean, fleeing Alexandria after the murder of Hypatia—and a thought experiment occurred to me. If you were in this unknown person's shoes, in the first half of the fifth century, flying for your life from a murderous and destructive Christian mob—where would you go? To Rome, where a line of emperors have committed themselves to the destruction of paganism? South into the Egyptian interior, at the outer rim…