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Lack of enemies is threat

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Roman horseman clibanarii
Roman horseman clibanarii

Plutarch mentions that most of the people claimed that the destruction of Carthage and the conquest of Greece gave Rome security and a chance of harmonious existence. The Greek historian, however, cites the opinion of Roman politician – Nasica, who believed that such situation is in fact a threat to Roman statehood.

The lack of a potential enemy meant that Rome was becoming overconfident and not alert enough to any threatening signals.

  • Plutarch, Cato the Elder

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