Lucan (c. 39-65)

“Wasteful luxury, never content with a little!
Your ambitious belly canvassing land and sea
for food; you glory in praise of your table spread!
Learn how little it takes to sustain a life
and how much nature requires.”

  • From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 4, between approximately lines 352-386), translated by Matthew Fox (Penguin Classics, 2012).

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