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[17] But even in connection with things that are undoubtedly feasible, there may at times be room for conjecture, as for instance in questions such as whether Rome is ever likely to [p. 489] conquer Carthage, whether Hannibal will return to Africa if Scipio transports his army thither, or whether the Samnites are likely to keep faith if the Romans lay down their arms.1 There are some things too which we may believe to be both feasible and likely to be carried into effect, but at another time or place or in another way.

1 sc. at the Caudine Forks: see above, ยง 3.

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