de imperio: 38 translation


You recall the journeys which our generals have made in Italy throughout these years, through the fields and towns of Roman citizens: then you will decide more easily what you think is happening among foreign nations. Do you think that more enemy cities have been destroyed by the weapons of your soldiers throughout these years, or cities of allies by winter quarters? For neither can that general, who does not restrain himself, restrain his army, nor can he be strict in passing judgement, he who does not want others to be strict judges against him.