Lucan (c. 39-65)
“Those who know, as the world nods to ruin,
their place in life are lucky folks. No battles
call to wear them down; no trumpets disrupt them
sleeping soundly. They return to wives and newborns
under humble roofs in their own lands…”
- From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 4, between approximately lines 387-414), translated by Matthew Fox (Penguin Classics, 2012).