eneral and much regarding the present equipment of the enemy, more vain and showy than effective.
for crests, said he, dealt no wounds, and painted and gilded shields would let the Roman javelin through, and their battle —array, resplendent in white tunics, would be stained with blood when sword met sword. long ago a gilt and silvern Samnite army had been utterly destroyed by his father, and the spoils had done their conquerors more credit than the arms had brought to their bearers.In 310 B.C. see ix. xl. 1-17.
it had perhaps been granted to his name and family to be sent forth as generals against the mightiest efforts of the Samnites, and to win such trophies as should strikingly adorn even public places.
The immortal gods, he said, were ready toB.C. 293 intervene in behalf of treaties so often sought and so often broken.
if it were possible in any way to surmise the feelings of the gods, they had never been
more enraged with any army than with this one,