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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all reverence for the gods, he paid no regard to an oath, no respect to religion. Endowed with such disposition, a compound of virtues and vices, he served under the command of Hasdrubal for three years, during which he omitted no opportunity of improving himself in every particular, both theory and practice, that could contribute to the forming of an accomplished general.


THE MARCH ACROSS THE ALPS1
(XXI., 32-38.)

IN about three days after Hannibal's moving from the bank of the Rhone, the consul Publius Cornelius had come with his forces in order of battle to the camp of the enemy, intending to fight them without delay. But finding the fortifications abandoned, and concluding that, as they had got the start of him so far, it would be difficult to overtake them, he marched back to the sea where his ships lay; for he judged that he might thus with greater ease and safety meet Hannibal on his descent from the Alps. However, not to leave Spain, the province which the lots had assigned to his care, destitute of the aid of the Roman troops, he sent his brother Cneius Scipio with the greater part of his forces against Hasdrubal,2 with the expectation of not merely protecting old

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Hannibal had started from New Carthage, on the east coast of Spain, in the spring of 218 B. C. In a few months he had reduced the tribes north of the Ebro, crossed the Pyrenees, and advanced as far as the Rhone. The consul Publius Cornelius Scipio had sailed with his forces to Gaul, in hopes of intercepting him before he reached the Alps.
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The brother of Hannibal. See note on page 361.

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