Lucan (c. 39-65)

“The Madness of war is upon us, the power of iron,
the fist, will confound all justice, and wicked crimes
will be called virtue—and this fury will continue
for many years. What use to beg the gods for an end of it?
Peace comes with a tyrant.”

  • From Lucan’s Civil War (Book I, between lines 710-720), translated by Matthew Fox (Penguin Classics, 2012).

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