ronius prepares to attack Carthage.
preparations for their respective missions, set sail at the beginning of summer—Publius to Iberia, with sixty
ships, and Tiberius Sempronius to Libya, with a
hundred and sixty quinqueremes. The latter
thought by means of this great fleet to strike
terror into the enemy; and made vast preparations at Lilybaeum,
collecting fresh troops wherever he could get them, as
though with the view of at once blockading Carthage itself.
Publius Cornelius coasted along Liguria, and crossing inPublius Scipio lands near Marseilles.
five days from Pisae to Marseilles, dropped
anchor at the most eastern mouth of the Rhone,
called the Mouth of Marseilles,Pluribus enim divisus amnis
in mare decurrit (Livy, 21, 26). and began
disembarking his troops. For though he heard that Hannibal
was already crossing the Pyrenees, he felt sure that he was
still a long way off, owing to the difficulty of his line of country,
and the number of the intervening Celtic tribes. But long