t I shall pause in my narrative to introduce aFirst digression on the Roman Constitution.
disquisition upon the Roman Constitution, in
which I shall show that its peculiar character
contributed largely to their success, not only in
reducing all Italy to their authority, and in acquiring a
supremacy over the Iberians and Gauls besides, but also at
last, after their conquest of Carthage, to their conceiving the
idea of universal dominion.
Along with this I shall introduce anotherSecond on Hiero of Syracuse.
digression on the fall of Hiero of Syracuse.
After these digressions will come the disturbances in5. The attempted partition of the dominions of Ptolemy Epiphanes, B. C. 204.
Egypt; how, after the death of King Ptolemy,
Antiochus and Philip entered into a compact
for the partition of the dominions of that
monarch's infant son. I shall describe their
treacherous dealings, Philip laying hands upon
the islands of the Aegean, and Caria and Samos, Antiochus
upon Coele-Syria and Phoenicia.