Last Year of the Second Punic War
This was the signal for the recommencement of the war
in a fiercer and more angry spirit than before.
The Romans on their part, looking upon themselves as having been treated with perfidy, were
possessed with a furious determination to conquer the Carthaginians; while the latter, conscious of the consequences of
what they had done, were ready to go all lengths to avoid
falling under the power of the enemy. With such feelings
animating both sides, it was quite evident that the result
would have to be decided on the field of battle.
Hannibal's cavalry reinforced by Tychaeus.
Consequently everybody, not only in Italy and Libya, but in Iberia,
Sicily, and Sardinia, was in a state of excited expectation,
watching with conflicting feelings to see what would happen.
But meanwhile Hannibal, finding himself too
weak in cavalry, sent to a certain Numidian
named Tychaeus, who was a friend of Syphax,
and was reputed to possess the most warlike cavalry in Libya,
urging him "to lend his aid, and not let the present opportunity
slip; as he must be well aware that, if the Carthaginians won
the day, he would be able to maintain his rule; but if the Romans
proved victorious, his very life would be in danger, owing to the
ambition of Massanissa." This prince was convinced by these
arguments, and joined Hannibal with two thousand horsemen.