Two words about two letters etc. (small PotD Spoiler)

Tue Jan 14 15:39:39 PST 2003

One last - I swear! - comment in this thread:
Re the Empire not fully conquering the East, it's a well-known historical
phenomenon that invading barbarian armies indirectly exert enormous
pressure on distant civilizations - one tribe pushes out another etc.
etc. and soon the Germans are knocking down the walls of Rome.  Still,
I think the gods must be keeping the Eastern scientists down (and
keeping the Empire from suppressing the East).   - Philip