He gave orders that the infantry should take the beasts
of burden along with the baggage tied upon them from the
rear and range them in front of themselves. This produced a
defence of greater security than any palisade.1 . . .
So entirely unable are the majority of mankind to submit
to that lightest of all burdens—-silence. . . .
Anything in the future seems preferable to what exists in
the present. . . .
1 This fragment is supposed, by comparison with Livy, 25, 36, to belong
to the account of the fall of Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio in Spain, B. C. 212.
Histories. Polybius. Evelyn S. Shuckburgh. translator. London, New York. Macmillan. 1889. Reprint Bloomington 1962.
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