VII[7arg] On a letter of the grammarian Valerius Probus, written to Marcellus, regarding the accent of certain Punic names.
VALERIUS PROBUS the grammarian was conspicuous among the men of his time for his learning. He pronounced Hannibalem and Hasdrubalem and Hamilcarem with a circumflex accent on the penult, and there is a letter addressed To Marcellus, in which he asserts that Plautus, 1 and Ennius and many other early writers pronounced in that way; but he quotes a single line of Ennius alone, from the book entitled Scipio. That verse, composed in octonarii, 2 I have appended; in it, unless the third syllable of Hannibal's name is circumflexed, 3 the metre will halt. The verse of Ennius to which I referred reads thus: 4 And where near Hannibal's forces he had camped. 5