setting out from Tarraco he visited cities of the allies and also winter quarters of the army,1
and warmly praised the soldiers because, after suffering two such disasters in succession, they had held
the province, and not allowing the enemy to feel any benefit from their successes, had kept them out of the whole region this side of the Ebro, and had loyally protected the allies.
Marcius he kept by him in so much honour as to make it clear that he had not the least fear that anyone would stand in the way of his own fame.
then Silanus succeeded Nero, and the new soldiers were led into winter quarters. Scipio, having promptly visited all the necessary places and having done all that was to be done, retired to Tarraco.
not a whit less was Scipio's fame among the enemy than among citizens and allies, and there was a certain presentiment of the future, inspiring the greater fear in proportion as they were the less able to account for their unreasoned apprehension.
they had withdrawn in different directions into winter quarters, Hasdrubal, the son of Gisgo, as far as the Ocean and Gades, Mago into the interior, especially beyond the Forest of Castulo. Hasdrubal, the son of Hamilcar, was the nearest to the Ebro in his winter quarters near Saguntum.2
at the end of the summer in which Capua was3
taken and Scipio came to Spain a Carthaginian fleet was summoned from Sicily to Tarentum to cut off the supplies of the Roman garrison which was in the citadel of Tarentum, and it had indeed closed every approach to the citadel from the sea,
but by lying there for a long time it was making the grain supply more limited for their allies than for the enemy.
for it was impossible for such a quantity of grain to be brought to the townspeople by way of the peaceful shores and open harbours, under the protection of the Carthaginian ships, as the fleet itself was consuming, with its swarming crews, including men of every race.
the result was that, while the garrison of the citadel, as being few in number, could be supported from previous stores without importation, for the Tarentines and the fleet even the imported grain was insufficient.
in the end the departure of the fleet was more welcome than had been its coming.4
the scarcity had not been much relieved, because, with the removal of naval protection, grain could not be brought in.