Tiberius Sempronius Joins Scipio
When Hannibal was informed of Scipio's change of
quarters, he sent the Numidian horse in pursuit
at once, and the rest soon afterwards, following
close behind with his main army. The Numidians, finding the Roman camp empty, stopped to set fire to it:
which proved of great service to the Romans; for if they had
pushed on and caught up the Roman baggage, a large number
of the rear-guard would have certainly been killed by the
cavalry in the open plains. But as it was, the greater part of
them got across the River Trebia in time; while those who
were after all too far in the rear to escape, were either killed or
made prisoners by the Carthaginians.
Scipio, however, having crossed the Trebia occupied the
Scipio's position on the slopes of Apennines, near the source of the Trebia.
first high ground; and having strengthened his
camp with trench and palisade, waited the
arrival of his colleague, Tiberius Sempronius,
and his army; and was taking the greatest pains
to cure his wound, because he was exceedingly
anxious to take part in the coming engagement. Hannibal
pitched his camp about forty stades from him. While the
numerous Celts inhabiting the plains, excited by the good
prospects of the Carthaginians, supplied his army with provisions
in great abundance, and were eager to take their share with
Hannibal in every military operation or battle.
When news of the cavalry engagement reached Rome
disappointment of their confident expectations caused a feeling
of consternation in the minds of the people. Not but that
plenty of pretexts were found to prove to their own satisfaction
that the affair was not a defeat. Some laid the blame on the
Consul's rashness, and others on the treacherous lukewarmness
of the Celts, which they concluded from their recent revolt
must have been shown by them on the field. But. after all,
as the infantry was still unimpaired, they made up their minds
that the general result was still as hopeful as ever. Accordingly, when Tiberius and his legions arrived at Rome
marched through the city, they believed that his mere appearance at the seat of war would settle the matter.
His men met Tiberius at Ariminum
, according to their
Tiberius Sempronius joins Scipio.
oath, and he at once led them forward in all
haste to join Publius Scipio. The junction
effected, and a camp pitched by the side of his
colleague, he was naturally obliged to refresh his men after
their forty days' continuous march between Ariminum
: but he went on with all preparations for a battle;
and was continually in conference with Scipio, asking questions
as to what had happened in the past, and discussing with him
the measures to be taken in the present.