Masterpieces of Latin Literature: Terence: Lucretius: Catullus: Virgil: Horace: Tibullus: Propertius: Ovid: Petronius: Martial: Juvenal: Cicero: Caesar: Livy: Tacitus: Pliny the Younger: Apuleius; with Biographical Sketches and Notes

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BEFORE THE WAR1

(XXI., 1.)

TO this division of my work I may be allowed to prefix a remark which most writers of history make in the beginning of their undertaking: that I am going to write of a war, the most memorable that was ever waged; that which the Carthaginians, under the conduct of Hannibal, maintained with the Roman people; for never did any other states and nations of more potent strength and resources engage in any contest of arms; nor did these same nations at any other period possess so great a degree of power and strength. The arts of war also, practised by each party, were not unknown to each other, for they had already gained some experience of them in the First Punic War; and so various was the fortune of this war, so great its vicissitudes, that the party which proved in the end victorious was at times brought the nearest the brink of ruin. Besides, they exerted in the contest almost a greater degree of rancor than of strength, the Romans being fired with indignation at a vanquished people presuming to take up arms against their conquerors; the Carthaginians, at the haughtiness and avarice which they thought the others showed in their imperious exercise of the superiority which they had acquired. We are told that when Hamilcar2 was about to march at the head of an army into Spain, after the conclusion of the war in Africa, and was offering sacrifices on the occasion,

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1
The next seven selections give some of the more important events of the Second Punic War ( 219-202 B.C.).
2
The leader of the Carthaginians in the first war with Rome.

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