122] The latter admired Colonna, the Fabius Maximus of Bicocca, and he regarded Alviano's impetuousity as a fatal flaw.
Whenever the governing councils debated committing the army to battle, Gritti would employ the sort of arguments which impelled his fellow patricians to refer to him as a Fabius Maximus.
In conclusion, I quoted the example of Fabius Maximus when opposed to Hannibal.
Following its diplomatic policy of restoring a balance of power, Venice helped cobble together the League of Cognac in 1526 (when Francis I was released from Spain); but emulating the strategy of Fabius Maximus, it choose not to battle for that alliance in the campaigns of Milan, Rome, and Naples from 1526 to 1528.
There is a certain irony in the consideration that Machiavelli, the foremost political thinker who drew lessons from Livy, apparently did not recognize a Fabius Maximus when he encountered one.
59) The author of the letter to Dyme is, then, not necessarily an ex-consul, and the question of the identity of our Fabius Maximus, and consequently of the date of the inscription, is again thrown open.
Fabius Maximus (lines 4-6), accusing Sosus of being the primary instigator of the burning of the public records (lines 7-8, 16-18), as well as a damiorgos(89) named [-]miscus of conspiring with the alleged arsonists (lines 21-2).