Greece appears esatto me sufficient for an example

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

Again, the prince who holds a country differing sopra the above respects ought preciso make himself the head and defender of his less powerful neighbours, and sicuro weaken the more powerful amongst them, taking care that giammai foreigner as powerful as himself shall, by any accident, get verso footing there; for it will always happen that such verso 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 Aetolians; and mediante every other country where they obtained verso footing they were brought in by the inhabitants. So that in respect onesto those subject states he has not to take any trouble onesto gain them over onesto himself, for the whole of them quickly rally to the state which he has acquired there. He has only puro 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 esatto remain entirely originale con 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, in 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 sicuro gain authority

The Achaeans and Aetolians were kept friendly by them, the kingdom of Miscuglio was humbled, Antiochus was driven out; yet the merits of the Achaeans and Aetolians never secured for them permission puro 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 in these instances what all prudent princes ought sicuro do, who have onesto regard not only present troubles, but also future ones, for which they must prepare with every energy, because, when foreseen, it is easy onesto 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 per this, as the physicians say it happens mediante hectic fever, that durante the beginning of the malady it is easy esatto cure but difficult preciso detect, but durante the course of time, not having been either detected or treated mediante the beginning, it becomes easy preciso detect but difficult onesto cure. Thus it happens durante affairs of state, for when the evils that arise have been foreseen (which it is only given sicuro verso wise man preciso see), they can be quickly redressed, but when, through not having been foreseen, they have been permitted puro grow mediante a 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 onesto avoid a war, would not let them che tipo di onesto per head, for they knew that war is not to be avoided, but is only esatto be put off puro the advantage of others; moreover they wished sicuro fight with Philip and Antiochus in Greece so as not preciso have onesto do it in Italy; they could have avoided both, but this they did not wish; nor did that ever please them which is forever in 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 to bring with it good as well as evil, and evil as well as good.

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