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[2] His first service as a soldier was in a campaign against the Celtiberians, when Scipio Africanus was besieging Numantia, 1 and he attracted the notice of his general by excelling the other young men in bravery, and by his very cheerful acceptance of the changed regimen which Scipio introduced into his army when it was spoiled by luxury and extravagance. It is said, too, that he encountered and laid low an enemy in the sight of his general.

1 134-133 B.C.

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