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Publilius Syrus: Better plow than weapon

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Greek and Roman writers on war and peace

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Publilius Syrus
From Sententiae
Translated by J. Wight Duff and Arnold M. Duff

Steel in the furrow is more useful than yellow copper
in battle.
(Utilius ferrum est in sulco quam orichalcum est in
proelio.)

Doubly destroyed is he who perishes by his own arms.
(Bis interimitur qui suis armis perit.)

The dutiful man reduced to misery is a reproach to
the good.
(Bonorum crimen est officiosus miser.)

When pity sees misery, there comes the comradeship
of tears.
(Contubernia sunt lacrimarum ubi misericors miserum
adspicit.)

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