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[6] For Hannibal the African, a most inveterate enemy of Rome and an exile from his native country, had already at that time1 come to the court of King Antiochus, and was trying to incite him to further achievements while fortune gave his power successful course. Antiochus himself also, in consequence of the magnitude of his achievements, by which he had won the title of Great, was already fixing his eyes on universal dominion, and had a particular hostility to the Romans.

1 In 196 B.C., according to Nepos, Hannibal, vii. 6. According to Livy (xxxiii. 47), it was in the following year.

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