The Romans, although the land was in the possession of the enemy, whose line of battle could be seen extending all along the shore, continued without the slightest hesitation to press their pursuit of the terror-stricken fleet, and, attaching cables to the stern of every vessel which had neither broken its prow on the beach nor grounded
its keel in the shoals, they towed it out to sea, until they had captured some twenty-five of the forty ships.
Nor was this the most brilliant feature of the victory, but the fact that the Romans in one easy battle had made themselves the masters of all that coast.
So they spread their sails for Onusa, where they disembarked and stormed and sacked the city, and thence laid a course
for Carthage, and after devastating all the country round about, ended by setting fire even to the buildings that adjoined the walls and gates.
Then the fleet —heavy-laden now with plunder —sailed to Longuntica,1
where they found a great quantity of esparto-grass, which Hasdrubal had got together for the use of his ships. Of this they took what they needed and burned all the rest.
And they not only cruised along the mainland, but crossed over to the island of Ebusus.2 [p. 269]
There they endeavoured strenuously for two days,3
but without success, to capture the chief city of the
island. And when they saw that their hopes were vain and their time was being wasted, they
betook themselves to pillaging the country-side, and after sacking and burning several villages, returned to their ships with more booty than they had collected from the mainland. Here envoys from the Baliaric islands came to Scipio to sue for peace.
The fleet now put about and returned to the northern part of the province, and thither flocked ambassadors from all the communities on this side of the Ebro and even from many places in farthest Spain; but the communities that gave hostages and really came under the rule and government of Rome were more than a hundred and
twenty. Feeling, therefore, sufficiently strong on land, as well as on the sea, the Roman general advanced as far as the pass of
Hasdrubal retired into Lusitania, nearer the ocean.