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[3] This poem was composed by Alcaeus in mockery of Philip, and its author exaggerated the number of the slain; however, being recited in many places and by many persons, it gave more annoyance to Titus than to Philip. For Philip simply made fun of Alcaeus with an answering elegiac distich:—
Leafless and without bark, O traveller, on this ridge
A cross is planted for Alcaeus, and it towers in the sun;

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