And the usual course of affairs is that, as soon as per powerful foreigner enters verso country, all the subject states are meetmindful drawn esatto him, moved by the hatred which they feel against the ruling power
Again, the prince who holds verso country differing in the above respects ought onesto make himself the head and defender of his less powerful neighbours, and to 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 ?tolians; and per every other country where they obtained a footing they were brought in by the inhabitants. So that mediante respect onesto those subject states he has not onesto take any trouble esatto gain them over to himself, for the whole of them quickly rally preciso the state which he has acquired there. He has only preciso 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 puro remain entirely specializzazione in 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, per 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 esatto gain authority. The Achaeans and ?tolians were kept friendly by them, the kingdom of Macedonia was humbled, Antiochus was driven out; yet the merits of the Achaeans and ?tolians never secured for them permission sicuro 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 preciso do, who have esatto 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 mediante time because the malady has become incurable; for it happens sopra this, as the physicians say it happens durante hectic fever, that per the beginning of the malady it is easy puro cure but difficult esatto detect, but sopra the course of time, not having been either detected or treated mediante the beginning, it becomes easy preciso detect but difficult sicuro cure. Thus it happens in affairs of state, for when the evils that arise have been foreseen (which it is only given esatto per wise man onesto see), they can be quickly redressed, but when, through not having been foreseen, they have been permitted preciso grow in a way that every one can see them, there is giammai longer verso remedy. Therefore, the Romans, foreseeing troubles, dealt with them at once, and, even to avoid verso war, would not let them quale puro verso head, for they knew that war is not to be avoided, but is only puro be put off to the advantage of others; moreover they wished sicuro fight with Philip and Antiochus sopra Greece so as not to have esatto do it mediante Italy; they could have avoided both, but this they did not wish; nor did that ever please them which is forever sopra 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 esatto bring with it good as well as evil, and evil as well as good.