evocatus in rostra: hac die, inquit, Quirites, Carthaginem vici, et prosequente populo Capitolium escendit. inde ne amplius tribuniciis iniuriis vexaretur, in voluntarium exilium Liternum concessit. incertum ibi an Romae defunctus sit; nam monumentum eius utrobique fuit. L. Scipio Asiaticus, frater Africani, eodem crimine peculatus accusatus damnatusque cum in vincula et carcerem duceretur, Ti. Sempronius Gracchus tr. pl., qui antea Scipionibus inimicus fuerat, intercessit et ob id beneficium Africani filiam duxit. cum quaestores in bona eius publice possidenda missi essent,92 non modo in his ullum vestigium pecuniae regiae apparuit, sed nequaquam tantum redactum quantae summae erat damnatus. conlatam a cognatis et amicis innumerabilem pecuniam accipere noluit; quae necessaria ei erant ad cultum, redempta.



to the Rostra, he said: “Citizens: It was on this day that I conquered Carthage” and he climbed the Capitol with the people attending him. After that, in order not to be subjected to further harassment by the tribunes, he retired into self-imposed exile at Liternum. It is uncertain whether he died there or in Rome; for there was a monument to him in both places. Lucius Scipio Asiaticus, Africanus’ brother, was accused and found guilty on the same charge of peculation; but when he was being led off to face chains and imprisonment the plebeian tribune Tiberius Sempronis Gracchus, hitherto a personal enemy of the Scipios, intervened for him and was rewarded for that kind service by marriage to Africanus’ daughter. When quaestors were dispatched to confiscate his property for the state, not only did no trace of the king’s money come to light within it but there was not so much found as could meet the amount of his fine. An immeasurable sum of money was raised by his relatives and friends but he would not accept it; all that was redeemed was what was necessary for sustaining his life.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_38.2018