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15 September 2006 @ 10:16 am
An excerpt from The Last of the Wine  
Presently I asked, "How long will it take the Army, sir, to conquer Sicily?"

He answered, "Only the gods know."

I was surprised and fell silent. After a moment he said, "The Syracusans had not injured us, nor threatened us. The war was with the Spartans."

"But," I said, "when we have beaten the Syracusans, and have got their ships and harbour and the gold, shan't we finish the Spartans easily?"

"Maybe. But time was when we fought only to hold off the barbarian, or to defend the City, or for justice's sake. [...] When you sacrifice, pray the gods that it may never fall to your lot, either to suffer [an unjust war], or to do it."

The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault
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Stray Catocicat on September 15th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
I love that book.

I'm currently reading her "The King Must Die" about Theseus, though it's not as good.
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Kburgunder on September 15th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
My thought too when I read it this morning on the bus.