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De Re Militari (also Epitoma Rei Militaris), Book III, "Dispositions for Action"
Originale: (la) aduersarium amplius frangunt transfugae quam perempti.

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They plunder, they slaughter, and they steal: this they falsely name Empire, and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace.
Loeb Classical Library edition
To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire: they make a desolation and they call it peace.
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