Livy, History of Rome 24

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Oceanum adversus Gades colunt—refugit, adfluentibusque ad famam eius undique barbaris ingentes brevi copias armavit, 6cum quibus in Hispaniam angusto diremptam freto traiceret. <sed>62 Masinissa cum victore exercitu advenit; isque ibi cum Syphace ingenti gloria per se sine ullis Carthaginiensium opibus gessit bellum.

7In Hispania nihil memorabile gestum praeterquam quod Celtiberum iuventutem eadem mercede qua pacta cum Carthaginiensibus erat imperatores Romani ad se perduxerunt, 8et nobilissimos Hispanos supra trecentos in Italiam ad sollicitandos populares qui inter auxilia Hannibalis erant miserunt.63



Ocean, opposite Gades) and at the news of his arrival barbarians came flocking to him from all over and enabled him to put under arms in a short time the huge forces with which he intended to cross to Spain, which was separated from him by only a narrow strait. But Masinissa then arrived with his triumphant army and there, on his own and with no assistance from the Carthaginians, he covered himself with glory fighting a war with Syphax.

In Spain there were no notable events other than the Roman commanders enticing young Celtiberian soldiers to their side with the same pay settled on with the Carthaginians, and the Romans also sending more than three hundred Spaniards of the highest rank to Italy to encourage disaffection among their countrymen serving in the Hannibal’s auxiliary troops.164

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_24.2020