Convenience Leads To Dependence, And Then To Ruin

It often happens that, in the affairs of states and princes, conveniences lead to dependency, and from dependency to ruin.  What may first appear to be advantageous, may in time prove to be only the first link of a chain forged for the purpose of bondage.  History abounds with examples of this slide into servitude, but we will relate two from the military history of the second century Greek author Polyaenus.

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