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Scipio's Success Due to his Character

I have spoken somewhat at length on the character of
Scipio's subsequent success, therefore, was the natural result of his early conduct, and not the off-spring of chance.
Scipio, because I thought that such a story would be agreeable to the older, and useful to the younger among my readers. But especially because I wished to make what I have to tell in my following books appear credible; that no one may feel any difficulty because of the apparent strangeness of what happened to this man; nor deprive him of the credit of achievements which were the natural consequences of his prudence, and attribute them to Fortune and chance. I must now return from this digression to the regular course of my history. . . .

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