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Horace: Let there be a limit to warfare

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

Greek and Roman writers on war and peace

Horace: Transcending war

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Horace
From The Odes
Translated by Charles Cotton

Let my old age have a fixed seat; let there be a limit to fatigues from the sea, journeys, warfare.

Sit meae sedes utinam senectae,
Sit modus lasso maris, et viarum,
Militiaeque.

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Alas! our crimes and our fratricides are a shame to us! What crime does this bad age shrink from? What wickedness have we left undone? What youth is restrained from evil by the fear of the gods? What altar is spared?

Eheu! cicatricum, et sceleris pudet,
Fratrumque: quid nos dura refugimus
Aetas? quid intactum nefasti
Liquimus? Unde manus inventus
Metu Deorum continuit? quibus
Pepercit aris.

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