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.
One of Machiavelli's speculations related to Fabius Maximus may be usefully applied to Venice and Doge Gritti.
Indeed, it is hard to imagine the overbearing doge welcoming an argument on the merits of Fabius Maximus and Scipio Africanus, for Agnadello and subsequent defeats had foreclosed that debate.