tate —having crossed the Alps in fifteen days.
The strength of Hannibal's forces on his entering Italy is a point on which historians are by no means agreed. Those who put the figures highest give him a hundred thousand foot and twenty thousand horse; the lowest estimate is twenty thousand foot and six thousand horse.So Polybius (III. lvi. 4), who says that these numbers were given by Hannibal himself in an inscription at Lacinium.
Lucius Cincius Alimentus,Praetor in Sicily, 210 B.C. He and Fabius Pictor were contemporaries and were Livy's oldest sources. who says that he was taken prisoner by Hannibal, would be our weightiest authority, did he not confuse the reckoning by adding in Gauls and Ligurians: including these, he says that Hannibal brought eighty thousand foot and ten thousand horse —but
it is more probable, and certain historians so hold, that these people joined his standard in Italy; he says, moreover, that he had learned from Hannibal's own lips th