In the meantime, the ambassadors who had been sent to Africa had been informed by the Carthaginians that, regarding Hamilcar, the leader of the Gallic army, they could do nothing but declare him an outlaw and confiscate his property;
as to the deserters and fugitives, they had already sent back all they could find after search, and would send an embassy to Rome to give satisfaction to the senate on that point. They sent two hundred thousand modii1
of wheat to Rome and the same quantity to the army in Macedonia.
The embassy then proceeded to Numidia, where they delivered their gifts and messages to Masinissa. When the king offered them two thousand Numidian cavalry, they accepted one thousand.
The king himself supervised their embarkation and sent them to Macedonia with two [p. 59]
hundred thousand modii
of wheat and as much2
The third errand was to Vermina, who met the ambassadors at the frontier and left it to them to lay down terms of peace satisfactory to Rome, while for his own part he promised to maintain a just and lawful peace with the Roman people.
The conditions of peace were imposed, and he was instructed to send an embassy to Rome to ratify them.