17. APP. CLAUDIUS
APP., P. F. N. PULCHER, son of No. 13, was aedile in B. C. 217. (Liv. 22.53
In the following year he was military tribune, and fought at Cannae. Together with P. Scipio he was raised to the supreme command by the troops who had fled to Canusium. In 215 he was created praetor, and conducted the relics of the defeated army into Sicily, where his efforts to detach Hieronymus, the grandson of Hiero, from his connexion with the Carthaginians, were unsuccessful. (Liv. 23.24
He remained in Sicily the following year also, as propraetor and legatus to M. Marcellus. (24.10, 21, 27, 29, 30, 33, 36; Plb. 8.3
), having charge of the fleet and the camp at Leontini. (Liv. 24.39
.) In 212 he was elected consul, and in conjunction with his colleague Q. Fulvius Flaccus laid siege to Capua.
At the close of his year of office, in pursuance of a decree of the senate, he went to Rome and created two new consuls. His own command was prolonged another year.
In the battle with Hannibal before Capua he received a wound, from the effects of which he died shortly after the surrender of the city.
He ineffectually opposed the infliction of the sanguinary vengeance which Fulvius took on the Capuans. (Liv. 25.2
; Plb. 9.3