Showers of blood, however dreadful, were not news. Pliny, Cicero,
Livy, and Plutarch mentioned rains of blood and flesh. Zeus makes
it rain blood, 'as a portent of slaughter,' in Homer's Iliad."
This article appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Southern Cultures.
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