Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 11:13:06 -0500
From: Gerald Cohen gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UMR.EDU
Subject: "divide and conquer"

Last week I was asked about the origin of "divide and conquer." I checked
E. Cobham Brewer's _The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable_ and found "DIVIDE
AND GOVERN," given as a maxim of Machavelli's.

Is "DIVIDE AND GOVERN" the same as "DIVIDE AND CONQUER?" Do these two
expressions represent merely two different translations of the underlying
Italian expression used by Machiavelli? Might anyone be able to clarify
this matter?

--Gerald Cohen