Well, look at Xerxes! Everybody is watching his procession!
Why do you hesitate, Greece, to take on your yoke?
Europe – and every land – follows his orders; the arrows of debt cover the sky
New regulations hide the bright web of day
The people are buried in disbelief, while
The tears of the Aegean carry mercenaries.
Who is the new Master of land, of sea, of every commerce?
Certainly, the old order has lost its way in this world.
Adapted from Lucius Annaeus Seneca (or pseudo-Seneca) to reflect modern concerns.