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Virgil: Shall impious soldiers have these new-ploughed grounds?

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

Greek and Roman writers on war and peace

Virgil: Age of peace

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Virgil
Translated by Charles Cotton

From Aeneid

Men plough, girt with arms; ever delighting in fresh robberies, and living by rapine.

Armati terram exercent, semperque recentes
Convectare juvat praedas; et vivere rapto.

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From Eclogues

Shall impious soldiers have these new-ploughed grounds?

Impius haec tam culta novalia miles habebit!

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