PERHAPS a resumé of events in each Olympiad may arrest the
attention of my readers both by their number and importance,
the transactions in every part of the world being
brought under one view.
144th Olympiad, B. C. 204-200.
However, I think the
events of this Olympiad especially will do so;
because in it the wars in Italy and Libya came to an end; and
I cannot imagine any one not caring to inquire what sort of
catastrophe and conclusion they had. For everybody, though
extremely interested in details and particulars, naturally longs
to be told the end of a story. I may add that it was in this
period also that the kings gave the clearest indication of their
character and policy. For what was only rumour in regard to
them before was now become a matter of clear and universal
knowledge, even to those who did not care to take part in
public business. Therefore, as I wished to make my narrative
worthy of its subject, I have not, as in former instances, included the history of two years in one book. . . .
Elected Consul for B.C. 205 (see 11, 33) Scipio had Sicily
assigned as his provincia, with leave to cross to Africa if necessary
(Livy, 28, 45). He sent Laelius to Africa in B.C. 205, but remained himself in Sicily. Next spring (B.C. 204) he crossed to
Africa with a year's additional imperium. In the course of this
year he ravaged the Carthaginian territory and besieged Utica
(Livy, 29, 35), and at the beginning of B.C. 203 his imperium
was prolonged till he should have finished the war (id. 30, 1).