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Learning of these things from many quarters, the Romans summoned Marius to the command. And he was appointed consul for the second time, 1 although the law forbade that a man in his absence and before the lapse of a specified time should be elected again; still, the people would not listen to those who opposed the election. For they considered that this would not be the first time that the law had given way before the demands of the general good, and that the present occasion demanded it no less imperatively than when they had made Scipio consul contrary to the laws, 2 although at that time they were not fearful of losing their own city, but desirous of destroying that of the Carthaginians.

1 See chapter xi. 1. Marius was still in Africa.

2 In 147 B.C., when Scipio had not reached the age required by law.

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