Greece appears onesto me sufficient for an example

And the usual course of affairs is that, as soon as per powerful foreigner enters a country, all the subject states are drawn sicuro him, moved by the hatred which they feel against the ruling power

Again, the prince who holds verso country differing durante the above respects ought puro make himself the head and defender of his less powerful neighbours, and esatto weaken the more powerful amongst them, taking care that no foreigner as powerful as himself shall, by any accident, get per footing there; for it will always happen that such a one will be introduced by those who are discontented, either through excess of ambition or through fear, as one has seen already. The Romans were brought into Greece by the ?tolians; and con every other country where they obtained per footing they were brought sopra by the inhabitants. So that in respect puro those subject states he has not preciso take any trouble preciso gain them over sicuro himself, for the whole of them quickly rally onesto the state which he has acquired there. He has only onesto take care that they do not get hold of too much power and too much authority, and then with his own forces, and with their goodwill, he can easily keep down the more powerful of them, so as preciso remain entirely originale mediante the country.

And he who does not properly manage this business will soon lose what he has acquired, and whilst he does hold it he will have endless difficulties and troubles

The Romans, mediante the countries which they annexed, observed closely these measures; they sent colonies and maintained friendly relations with the minor powers, without increasing their strength; they kept down the greater, and did not allow any strong foreign powers to gain authority. The Achaeans and ?tolians were kept friendly by them, the kingdom of Accozzaglia was humbled, Antiochus was driven out; yet the merits of the Achaeans and ?tolians never secured for them permission preciso increase their power, nor did the persuasions of Philip ever induce the Romans onesto be his friends without first humbling him, nor did the influence of Antiochus make them agree that he should retain any lordship over the country. Because the Romans did per these instances what all prudent princes ought to do, who have puro regard not only present troubles, but also future ones, for which they must prepare with every energy, because, when foreseen, it is easy sicuro remedy them; but if you wait until they approach, the medicine is in nessun caso longer per time because the malady has become incurable; for it happens mediante this, as the physicians say it happens con hectic fever, that per the beginning of the malady it is easy puro cure but difficult sicuro detect, but in the course of time, not having been either detected or treated per the beginning, it becomes easy esatto detect but difficult onesto cure. Thus it happens con affairs of state, for when the evils that arise have been foreseen (which it is only given to a wise man preciso see), they can be quickly redressed, but when, through not having been foreseen, they have been permitted puro grow durante per way that every one can see them, there is in nessun caso longer per remedy. Therefore, the Romans, foreseeing troubles, dealt with them at once, and, even esatto avoid a war, would not let them che to per head, for they knew that war is not esatto be avoided, but is only onesto be put off puro the advantage of others; moreover they wished esatto fight with Philip and Antiochus con Greece so as not puro have esatto do it con Italy; they could have avoided both, but this they did not wish; nor did that ever please them which is forever mediante the mouths of the wise ones of our time:-Let us enjoy the benefits of the time-but rather the benefits of their own valour and prudence, for time drives everything before it, and is able puro bring with it good as well as evil, and evil as well as good.

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