Lucan (c. 39-65)

“The name of peace is luring us to our doom.
The nations would not mine iron from pits whose depths
plunge ever deeper, nor ring their towns with walls,
nor mount bold stallions for war, nor flood the sea
with fleets of ships riding high with turrets,
if it were ever good to trade liberty for peace!”

  • From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 4, approximately line 240-250), translated by Matthew Fox (Penguin Classics, 2012).

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