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ΕΚ ΤΗΣ ΣΙΚΕΛΙΚΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΗΣΙΩΤΙΚΗΣ

1. Ὅτι ἀποροῦντες Ῥωμαῖοί τε καὶ Καρχηδόνιοι χρημάτων, οἳ μὲν οὐκ ἔτι ἐναυπήγουν, τετρυμένοι διὰ τὰς εἰσφοράς, ἀλλὰ πεζὴν στρατιὰν καταλέγοντες ἐξέπεμπον ἐς Λιβύην καὶ ἐς Σικελίαν ἀνὰ ἔτος ἕκαστον, Καρχηδόνιοι δ’ ἐς Πτολεμαῖον ἐπρεσβεύοντο, τὸν Πτολεμαίου τοῦ Λάγου, βασιλέα Αἰγύπτου, δισχίλια τάλαντα κιχρώμενοι. 2τῷ δ’ ἦν ἔς τε Ῥωμαίους καὶ Καρχηδονίους φιλία, καὶ συναλλάξαι σφᾶς ἐπεχείρησεν ἀλλήλοις. οὐ δυνηθεὶς δ’ ἔφη χρῆναι φίλοις κατ’ ἐχθρῶν συμμαχεῖν, οὐ κατὰ φίλων. (Exc. de leg. gent. 11, p. 526 de Boor; Exc. de sent. 7, p. 66 Boissevain)

2. Ὅτι οἱ Καρχηδόνιοι δὶς ἐν τῇ γῇ τοῦ αὐτοῦ χρόνου καὶ δὶς ἐν τῇ θαλάσσῃ παθόντες, ἐν ᾗ δὴ καὶ πάνυ προύχειν ἐνόμιζον, καὶ χρημάτων ἀποροῦντες ἤδη καὶ νεῶν καὶ ἀνδρῶν, ᾔτουν ἀνοχὰς παρὰ τοῦ Λουτατίου καὶ λαβόντες ἐπρεσβεύοντο εἰς Ῥώμην

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THE SICILIAN BOOK

BOOK V

FROM THE SICILIAN AND ISLAND BOOK

1. The Romans and the Carthaginians were both lacking funds. So the Romans stopped building ships, worn out as they were by taxation, but they did levy an infantry force every year and sent them off to Africa and Sicily.1 The Carthaginians on the other hand sent an embassy to Ptolemy, son of Ptolemy, grandson of Lagus, the king of Egypt, to ask for a loan of two thousand talents.2 2Ptolemy was a friend of both Carthage and Rome, and tried to reconcile them, but failed and said that friends should form alliances against enemies, not against friends. (Exc. de leg. gent. 11, p. 526 de Boor; Exc. de sent. 7, p. 66 Boissevain)

2. The Carthaginians had been defeated twice on land in the same period, and twice at sea (where they regarded themselves as completely superior); and they were now running out of money and ships and men. So they requested an armistice from Lutatius, and on getting it, they sent an embassy to Rome to negotiate a treaty on very

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.appian-roman_history_book_v_sicily_other_islands_fragments.2019