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[3] Titus, however, who had been sent by the senate as ambassador to the court of Prusias on some other business,1 and saw that Hannibal was staying there, was incensed that he should be alive, and although Prusias made many fervent intercessions in behalf of a man who was a suppliant and familiar friend, would not relent. There was an ancient oracle, as it would appear, concerning Hannibal's death, and it ran as follows:—
Libyssan earth shall cover the form of Hannibal.
Hannibal thought this referred to Libya and a burial at Carthage, and believed that he would end his days there;

1 According to Livy (xxxix. 51), Hannibal's presence in Bithynia was part of Rome's complaint against Prusias.

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