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Speech of Roman Envoys At Carthage THE Carthaginians having seized the transports as prizes Some transports under Cn. Octavius wrecked in the Bay of Carthage, and taken possession of by the Carthaginians in spite of the truce. Autumn of B.C. 203. See Livy, 30, 24. of war, and with them an extraordinary quantity of provisions, Scipio was extremely enraged, not so much at the loss of the provisions, as by the fact that the enemy had thereby obtained vast supply of necessaries; and still more at
ll this, the general and the officers
then present in the council were at a loss to understand what
had encouraged them to forget what they then said, and to
venture to break their sworn articles of agreement. Hannibal leaves Italy, 23d June, B.C. 203. Plainly it
was this—they trusted in Hannibal and the
forces that had arrived with him. But they
were very ill advised. All the world knew
that he and his army had been driven these two years past
from every port of Italy, and had retreated into t