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[6] This gave him a fair pretext for his sailing away, without its being called a flight or despair of his cause in the island; but in truth it was because he could not master Sicily, which was like a storm-tossed ship, but desired to get out of her, that he once more threw himself into Italy. And it is said that at the time of his departure he looked back at the island and said to those about him: ‘My friends, what a wrestling ground for Carthaginians and Romans we are leaving behind us!’ And this conjecture of his was soon afterwards confirmed.

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