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Antiphanes: War and personal destiny

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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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Antiphanes
From The Soldier
Translated by Charles Burton Gulick

“Any mortal man who counts on having anything he owns secure for life is very much mistaken. For either a war-tax snatches away all he has saved, or he becomes involved in a lawsuit and loses all, or he is fined after serving in the War Office…or called to serve as trierarch, he hangs himself, or sailing in his ship he is captured somewhere…”

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