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Character of Hasdrubal HASDRUBAL, the general of the Carthaginians, was a vain The siege of Carthage, B. C. 147. Coss. P. Cornelius Scipio Africanus Aemilianus, C. Livius Donsus. ostentatious person, very far from possessing real strategic ability. There are numerous proofs of his want of judgment. In the first place he appeared in full armour in his interview with Gulussa, king of the Numidians, with a purple dyed robe over his armour fastened by a brooch, and attended by ten bodyguards armed
plied that "Gulussa was
ill informed; for they still had good hopes of their outside
allies,"—for he had not yet heard about the Mauretani, and
thought that the forces in the country were still unconquered,The task of subduing the country in B. C. 147 was entrusted to the proconsul Culpurnius Piso, while Scipio was engaged in completing the investment of Carthage. Appian, Pun. 113-126.
—"nor were they in despair as to their own ultimate safety.
And above all, they trusted in the support of the