General Defection to the Romans
When Edeco had finished his speech, Scipio, who had
Edeco is followed by other tribes. B. C. 209-8.
been ready to gratify him from the first,
and took the same view as to the policy of
the proceeding, delivered him his wife
and children, and granted the friendship which he asked.
More than this, his subtle intellect made an extraordinary
impression on the Iberian in the course of the interview; and
having held out splendid hopes to all his companions for the
future, he allowed him to return to his own country. This
affair having rapidly got wind, all the tribes living north of the
, such as had not done so before, joined the Romans with
Thus so far everything was going well with Scipio. After
the departure of these people, he broke up his naval force,
seeing that there was nothing to resist him at sea; and selecting the best of the crews, he distributed them among the
maniples, and thus augmented his land forces.
But Andobales and Mandonius, the most powerful princes
Andobales and mandonius abandon Hasdrubal.
of the day in Iberia
, and believed to be the
most sincerely devoted to the Carthaginians,
had long been secretly discontented and on the
look-out for an opportunity: ever since Hasdrubal, under a
pretence of having a doubt of their loyalty, had demanded a
large sum of money, and their wives and daughters as hostages,
as I have already narrated.1
And thinking that a convenient
opportunity had now come, they got together their own forces,
and, quitting the Carthaginian camp under cover of night,
occupied a position sufficiently strong to secure their safety.
Upon this, most of the other Iberians also abandoned
Hasdrubal: having long been annoyed at the overbearing
conduct of the Carthaginians, and now seizing the first opportunity to manifest their feelings.