des, until the Romans again sent envoys to restore peace, telling them as before to help Masinissa secretly. They artfully Y.R. 572 confirmed Masinissa in the possession of what he had taken B.C. 182 before, in this way. They would neither say anything nor listen to anything, so that Masinissa might not be worsted in the controversy, but they passed between the two litigants with outstretched hands, and this was their way of Y.R. 580 commanding both to keep the peace. Not long afterward B.C. 174 Masinissa raised a dispute about the land known as the "big fields" and the country belonging to fifty towns, which is called Tysca. Again the Carthaginians had recourse to the Romans. Again the latter promised to send envoys to arbitrate the matter, but they delayed until it seemed probable that the Carthaginian interests would be utterly ruined.
At length they sent the envoys, and among others B.C. 157 Cato. These went to the disputed territory and they asked that both