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The meaning of title "Last Argument of Kings"

As the Wikia explains: The title refers to the words Louis XIV ordered cast on every cannons of his armies, Ultima Ratio Regum, which is Latin for "The last argument of kings" i.e. the act of ...
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Origin of quote in Abercrombie's The Blade Itself

There is another source for the quote to consider - the loading screens from the original Rome: Total War games included that phrasing of the quote: The blade itself incites to violence Homer Joe ...
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Origin of quote in Abercrombie's The Blade Itself

Alexander Pope has; "Lest they, by sight of swords to fury fired", A.T.Murrey has; "For of itself does the iron draw a man towards it" and E.V.Rieu's translation is; "There's a force in iron that ...
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Origin of quote in Abercrombie's The Blade Itself

I just did a bit of work on the greek of this because I was curious also. (Biblical greek student, but the classical here was close enough to be readable). A fairly literal/wooden/word-for-word ...
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Origin of quote in Abercrombie's The Blade Itself

William Cowper's translation... "for the view Itself of arms incites to their abuse." and George Musgrave's... "for the steel blade itself Lures men to blood." suggest that Abercrombie may ...
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