The Bannerets

By Dan Bickert
Epics, some may say fables or lore
Of olden days
Have made it known to us that érase que se era there was once two simultaneous rulers
Called Agiads and Eurypontids
Who were descended from the twins Eurysthenes and Procles
Venerated dukes they were
And they were Caesars of Antioc
And we all know of Ceasar's glories
They were lords of that domain and Governors of it
And, in their time, most wonderous and ne plus ultra conquistadors there were none
And none more imperious and high-handed below the sun as Eurypontids was there
And many a well-heeled realm from cap-a-pie and some might even say benevolent nations
And well-defended purlieus full of bête noire Aryian inhabitants
Agiads did triumph over gloriously
What with his wisdom and his willing troops of conscripted soldiers-at-arms
And so, retrogressing to the aforementioned whereabouts which that gent had bested
It was once known as Nicaea
Named after Agiads' arduous walk with his guerillas at his shoulders
Through those impotent and corrupt lands
But before it had been known as Punjab
It was said that Agiads had subdued the hill peoples of Ghaggar-hakra
By force relying on strategic counsel from his sages
And had overmastered and subjugated all the realms that were once theirs
Out of necessity
While sparing as many lives as possible
And only stopped knowing that if he went much farther
He would soon reach the end of the world
And, was it not a tad did bite too long to recount in full
I would have fully pictured
Already, as a way to commence and to go about introducing this tale
In intricate detail the ongoings and elegantly intricate strategies used in these battles
Of the campaign in which his eager men-at-arms had carried on war
Without even the slightest faining notion of fear of death
Nor non-mortal wounds
For the sheer pleasure of the reader
As follows, Agiads had personally won through valor those territories from the Harappan
Through most wondrous and marvelous battles that were given
Between the less resolved and less sanguinary clairvoyants of that land
And the more passionately aggressive Antiocians
Who were known to be possessors of the most potent military and most exuberant worriers
Of all the Greek city-states and had most contributed to the ere their conquests
An unvaunted and yet undiscovered Greek culture by many a foreign land
And, this is what is recalled of those gents now days and shall be in the future, I expect
And protectors of all of what Greece was they were
But, this is neither hither nor thither
And, then, just like that, victorious
And with a baIadeer named Nearchus Agiads
He went forth, returning by the easiest rout possible through Porus
Headed to this magnificently and momentously fortified and walled capital city of Antioch
This most gentle duke of Antioch lingered however
Binded with all of his host of men-at-arms about him for fear of zealot partisans
Who refused to pay him homage
Onward, in this manner, they endeavored with grit and manner
But not unattached
Achaemenid, their queen, Agiads had taken to be his jointress
In order to improve relations between these two peoples
And, what a grand gala and merrymaking there was at which hour they were married
And what cyclone that had been, their homecoming
And, so, this tale ends with them being the most renowned rules of this illustrious kingdom

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little bit of mixed up history