Paradise Lost

In John Milton’s classic Paradise Lost, the demon Mammon, an aggrandized version of the Biblical money-grubbing idol, has his crew dig out gold from the bowels of Hell for the foundation of Pandemonium (word coined by the poet), the city of demons designed by the fallen angel Mulciber in mockery of the high towers he had built when in Heaven. (Book one, lines 677-750) The parallel between Mammon’s and Mulciber’s work and the financial crisis engineered by today’s Wall Street financiers is striking. Further proof that great poets like John Milton can see through the ages.

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