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Lucian: Rejecting war’s seductive appeal


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Greek and Roman writers on war and peace

Lucian: War propaganda and its hyperbole


From The Judgment of the Goddesses
Translated by A.M. Harmon


I am at your side, and if you judge me beautiful, Paris, you shall never leave the field of battle defeated, but always victorious, for I shall make you a warrior and a conqueror.

I have no use, Athena, for war and battle. As you see, peace reigns at present over Phrygia and Lydia, and my father’s realm is free from war…

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