VIIIΕΚ ΤΗΣ ΝΟΜΑΔΙΚΗΣ
1. Ὅτι Βομίλχαρ κατηγορούμενος ἔφυγε πρὸ δίκης, καὶ Ἰογόρθας σὺν αὐτῷ, τοῦτο δὴ τὸ περιφερόμενον ἐς τοὺς δωροδοκοῦντας εἰπών, ὅτι Ῥωμαίων ἡ πόλις ἐστὶν ὠνία πᾶσα, εἴ τις ὠνητὴς αὐτῆς εὑρεθείη. (Exc. de sent. 21, p. 70 Boissevain)
2. Ὅτι Μέτελλος ἀνεζεύγνυεν ἐς Λιβύην τὴν ὑπὸ Ῥωμαίοις αἰτίαν ἔχων παρὰ τῷ στρατῷ βραδυτῆτος ἐς τοὺς πολεμίους καὶ ἐπὶ σφίσιν ὠμότητος· σφόδρα γὰρ τοὺς ἁμαρτάνοντας ἐκόλαζεν. (Exc. de virt. 32, p. 231 Roos)
3. Ὅτι Μέτελλος Βαγαίων ἀνῄρει τὴν βουλὴν ὅλην ὡς τὴν φρουρὰν προδόντας Ἰογόρθᾳ, καὶ τὸν φρούραρχον
BOOK VIII PART 2FROM THE NUMIDIAN BOOK1
1. When Bomilcar had charges brought against him, he took to flight before the trial. With him went Jugurtha, who made that now widely circulated saying about those who take bribes, namely, that the whole city of Rome was for sale, if only a buyer for it could be found.2 (Exc. de sent. 21, p. 70 Boissevain)
2. On returning to that part of Africa under Roman control, Metellus was accused by his soldiers of being slow to engage the enemy, and cruel in the treatment of his own men. For he inflicted severe punishments on those who committed offenses.3 (Exc. de virt. 32, p. 231 Roos)
3. Metellus executed every member of the council of Vacca for betraying the garrison to Jugurtha.4 In addition
- 1The Numidian Book appears to be an appendix to the African Book, or the term “Numidian” perhaps functions as a sort of subtitle of the African Book. It is a not a separate book. See above, Lib. n. 1.
- 2The story is reported in Sallust (Jug. 32–35). While in Rome under promise of safe passage, Jugurtha had a rival murdered by Bomilcar, who was charged with the crime. Jugurtha got Bomilcar out of the city and was then forced to leave himself. On leaving the city he was reported to have said, urbem venalem et mature perituram, si emptorem invenerit (the city was for sale and soon to perish, if it could find a buyer).
- 3As consul in 109, Q. Caecilius Metellus Numidicus took over command of the war against the African prince Jugurtha (112–106), but he was pushed aside by Gaius Marius in 107.
- 4Vacca is the modern town of Béja in Tunisia, just over sixty-two miles west of Tunis.