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Scipio Intends to Fight

Having got within the walls, while the Carthaginians
The fall of Carthage, B. C. 146 (spring). Scipio within the walls of Carthage.
still held out on the citadel, Scipio found that the arm of the sea which intervened was not at all deep; and upon Polybius advising him to set it with iron spikes or drive sharp wooden stakes into it, to prevent the enemy crossing it and attacking the mole,1 he said that, having taken the walls and got inside the city, it would be ridiculous to take measures to avoid fighting the enemy. . . .

1 τά χώματα, that is, apparently, the mole of huge stones constructed by the Romans to block up the mouth of the harbour.

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