de imperio: 43 translation


And since also prestige is very important in managing wars and in a military command, surely no one can doubt that in this matter that same general is supremely capable. Moreover, who does not know that what our enemies, what our allies think about our generals is exceedingly relevant to the management of wars, since we know that people in such important affairs are moved, either to despise or fear, or to hate or love, by sentiment and reputation as much as any deliberate reasoning. Therefore what name ever was more famous on earth? Whose accomplishments comparable? About what man have you made such great and such distinguished judgements – the thing which creates prestige the most?