Power Alone: Statius, Thebaid 1.149-51

“Then, no one was concerned with studding wine-cups with gems or dirtying gold with food. The prospect of unadorned power alone summoned these brothers to arms to fight over a poor kingdom.”

 

…nec cura mero committere gemmas

atque aurum violare cibis: sed nuda potestas

armavit fratres, pugna est de paupere regno.

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