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Scipio Intends to Fight Having got within the walls, while the Carthaginians The fall of Carthage, B. C. 146 (spring). Scipio within the walls of Carthage. still held out on the citadel, Scipio found that the arm of the sea which intervened was not at all deep; and upon Polybius advising him to set it with iron spikes or drive sharp wooden stakes into it, to prevent the enemy crossing it and attacking the mole,ta/ xw/mata, that is, apparently, the mole of huge stones constructed by the Romans to block up the mouth of the harbour. he said that, having taken the walls and got inside the city, it would be ridiculous to take measures to avoid fighting the enemy. . . .
Diaeus Becomes Strategus Critolaus the Achaean Strategus being dead, and the law On the death of Critolaus (spring of B. C. 146) Diaeus succeeds as Strategus. providing that, in case of such an event befalling the existing Strategus, the Strategus of the previous year should succeed to the office until the regular congress of the league should meet, it fell to Diaeus to conduct the business of the league and take the head of affairs. Accordingly, after sending forward some troops to Megara,4000 under Alcamenes, Pausan. 7.15.8. he went himself to Argos; and from that place sent a circular letter to all the towns ordering them to set free their slaves who were of military age, and who had been born and brought up in their houses, and send them furnished with arms to Corinth. He orders the arming of 10,000 slaves, He assigned the numbers to be furnished by the several towns quite at random and without any regard to equality, just as he did everything else. Those who had not the requisit
Diaeus Rejects Metellus's Offers Diaeus having recently come to Corinth after being Diaeus at Corinth rejects all offers sent by Metellus, August, B. C. 146, appointed Strategus by the vote of the people, Andronidas and others came from Caecilius Metellus. Against these men he spread a report that they were in alliance with the enemy, and gave them up to the mob, who seized on them with great violence and threw them into chains. Philo of Thessaly also came bringing many liberal offers to the Achaeans. And on hearing them, certain of the men of the country attempted to secure their acceptance; among whom was Stratius, now a very old man, who clung to Diaeus's knees and entreated him to yield to the offers of Metellus. But he and his party would not listen to Philo's proposals. For the fact was that they did not believe that the amnesty would embrace them with the rest; and, as they regarded their own advantage and personal security as of the highest importance, they spoke as they did
Destruction of Art in Corinth The incidents of the capture of Corinth were melancholy. The soldiers cared nothing for the The destruction of the works of art in Corinth, September, B. C. 146. works of art and the consecrated statues. I saw with my own eyes pictures thrown on the ground and soldiers playing dice on them; among them was a picture of Dionysus by Aristeides—in reference to which they say that the proverbial saying arose, "Nothing to the Dionysus,"—and the Hercules tortured by the shirt of Deianeira. .