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‘ [2] but we shall always be fighting with him, as it seems, since both his courage in success and his shame in defeat are made reasons for bold undertaking.’ Then the forces engaged; and since the men fought with equal success, Hannibal ordered his elephants to be stationed in the van, and to be driven against the ranks of the Romans. A great press and much confusion at once arose among their foremost lines, but one of the tribunes, Flavius by name, snatched up a standard, confronted the elephants, smote the leader with the iron spike of the standard, and made him wheel about.

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