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The subjugation of the enemy was a more difficult task for Cato than it had been for those generals who had entered Spain for the first time.  The Spaniards went over to them because they were sick of the domination of Carthage, but Cato had, so to speak, to reclaim them like slaves who had asserted and enjoyed freedom. He found commotion everywhere, some tribes were in arms, others were having their cities besieged to drive them into revolt, and had it not been for his timely succour their powers of resistance must have been exhausted.  But the consul was a man of such force and energy that he took up and executed single-handed the greatest and smallest tasks alike;  he not only thought out and gave directions as to what was best to be done, but he carried most of his measures through personally.  Over no one in the army did he exercise severer discipline than over himself; in his frugal mode of life, in his incessant vigilance and hard work he rivalled the meanest of his soldiers. The only privilege he enjoyed in his army was his rank and authority.
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