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Plan: Causes of Wars First I shall indicate the causes of the Punic or 1. The cause and course of the Hannibalian war. Hannibalian war: and shall have to describe how the Carthaginians entered Italy; broke up the Roman power there; made the Romans tremble for their safety and the very soil of their country; and contrary to all calculation acquired a good prospect of surprising Rome itself. I shall next try to make it clear how in the same period2. Macedonian treaty with Carthage, B. C. 216. P
int I shall pause in my narrative to introduce aFirst digression on the Roman Constitution.
disquisition upon the Roman Constitution, in
which I shall show that its peculiar character
contributed largely to their success, not only in
reducing all Italy to their authority, and in acquiring a
supremacy over the Iberians and Gauls besides, but also at
last, after their conquest of Carthage, to their conceiving the
idea of universal dominion.
Along with this I shall introduce anotherSecond on Hiero