This dissertation is dedicated with love
to my five best friends whom I lost to the "plague"
during the course of my graduate career.
Michael Merrill (1951-1989)
Jack Green (1947-1990)
Kurt Woodill (1943-1992)
Gary Gaetano Bandiera (1956-1993)
Robin Simpson (1951-1993)
"Alone of gods Death has no love for gifts,
Libation helps you not, nor sacrifice.
He has no altar, and he hears no hymns;
From him alone Persuasion stands apart."
-Aeschylus (525-456 BC), Niobe, tr. C. M. Bowra
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