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vassal
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The Aeneid
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  • "Now, royal father, to the present state Of our affairs, and of this high debate: If in your arms thus early you diffide, And think your fortune is already tried; If one defeat has brought us down so low, As never more in fields to meet the foe; Then I conclude for peace: ’t is time to treat, And lie like vassals at the victor’s feet.

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  • Vassals were expected to fight offensive wars up to two months a year.
  • She can always rile the crowd by implying that America treats their nation as a vassal state.

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