Lucan- words loaded with the dust of years

“….Then burned their souls,
at these his words, indignant at the thought,
and Rome rose up within them, and to die
was welcome
.
Thus alike with hearts aflame
moved either host to battle, one in fear
and one in hope of empire. These hands shall do
such work as not the rolling centuries,
not all mankind, though free from sword and war,
shall e’er make good. Nations that were to live
this fight shall crush, and peoples pre-ordained
to make the history of the coming world
shall come not to the birth. The Latin names
shall sound as fables in the ears of men,
and ruins loaded with the dust of years
shall hardly mark her cities.
” Lucan Pharsalia 7.380ff.

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