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1 Livy has said nothing of any negotiations between Hannibal and the Boi, preferring, in his love of dramatic effect, to let us see this Gallic outbreak as it appeared to the Romans  —like a bolt from the blue. See chap. xxix. § 6.
2 These were of the type called Latin colonies. To each of them six thousand colonists had been assigned. They had hardly got settled when the Gauls broke out (Polybius, III. xl. 3-6).
3 B.C. 218
4 Apparently the Gauls left hostages with the Romans when they arranged for the Romans to send representatives to talk things over with them in the Gallic camp.
5 Neither Polybius nor Livy tells us where Manlius was when the news reached him. Weissenborn-Mueller think he was at Placentia, engaged in strengthening the new fortifications.
6 B.C. 218
7 This second attack —Polybius records but the one —is suspiciously like the first. Livy, or Livy's immediate source, may unconsciously have made two episodes out of slightly different accounts of the same affair.
8 Tannetum (now Tanneto) was really about ten miles south of the Po, on the Via Aemilia Lepida. If commeatibus fluminis is correctly translated, we may suppose (1) that Livy thought Tannetum was much nearer the Po, or (2) that he has confused Brixia (Brescia) with Brixellum (Bresciello), which is nearly north of Tanneto and close to the Po, and might have served as an entrepôt for supplies sent down from Placentia. The statement in chap. lv. § 4 that the Cenomani (whose capital was Brixia) were the only Gallic tribe that was loyal to Rome favours (1).
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