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The Aeneid

The Aeneid

by Virgil
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The Aeneid Warfare Quotes

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(Pallas): "Friends, where are you bound? I beg you now By all the brave things you have done, The wars fought through, your leader, great Evander, With my own hopes of emulating him, Put no faith in retreat. The way ahead Has to be cleared by cold steel through the enemy. There where the mass of them is heaviest Your proud land calls you forward, and calls me, Pallas, your captain. No unearthly powers Stand in our way; we are hemmed in by soldiers Mortal as we are mortal. Just as many Lives, as many hands, belong to us. Look, how the deep sea's barrier behind us Cuts us off: no land there for retreat. Is it the camp we head for, or the water?" (10.508-522)


Here Pallas reminds his men that sometimes, you've just got to have courage. Of course, these lines come in the middle of a battle, when you're kind of locked in to certain decisions. Do you think the Aeneid treats war itself as inevitable, or just certain actions within war – such as how Pallas instructs his men to save themselves by fighting?

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