Friendship or Subjugation

Trying to make peace with the North African enemy King Bocchus, Roman officer Lucius Sulla told the king:

“…no friendship is more advantageous than ours: in the first place, because the distance between us will minimize occasions of quarrel, while not diminishing the effectiveness of our support; secondly, because we already have plenty of subjects, whereas neither we nor anyone else ever had enough friends.”–Sallust, The Jugurthine War/The Conspiracy of Catiline (Penguin Classics, pp.138-139)


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