Matthew O'Sullivan / Nepos 2- Hannibal in Italy
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Hannibal in Italy
Hac pugna pugnata Romam profectus est nullo resistente . In propinquis urbi montibus moratus est . Cum aliquot ibi dies castra habuisset et Capuam reverteretur , Q . Fabius Maximus , dictator Romanus , in agro Falerno ei se obiecit . Hic clausus locorum angustiis noctu sine ullo detrimento exercitus se expedivit ; Fabioque , callidissimo imperatori , dedit verba . Namque obducta nocte sarmenta in cornibus iuvencorum deligata incendit et multitudinem magnam dispalatam immisit . Quo repentino obiecto visu tantum terrorem iniecit exercitui Romanorum , ut egredi extra vallum nemo sit ausus . Hanc post rem gestam non ita multis diebus M . Minucium Rufum , magistrum equitum pari dictatorem imperio , dolo productum in proelium fugavit . M . Claudium Marcellum , V consulem , apud Venusiam pari modo interfecit . Longum est omnia enumerare proelia . Quare hoc unum satis erit dictum , ex quo intellegi possit , quantus ille fuerit : quamdiu in Italia fuit , nemo ei in acie restitit , nemo adversus eum post Cannensem pugnam in campo castra posuit .
With this fight having been fought , he set out for Rome with no one resisting . He has been delayed in the mountains close to the city . When he had held camp there for so many days and had turned back to Capua , Quintus Fabius Maximus , the Roman dictator , threw himself against him in the Falerian field . He , having been closed off by the narrowness of the terrain , extracted himself at night without any harm of his army , and he tricked Fabius , the cleverest commander . For , with night having been led in , he lit on fire the sticks , having been tied on the horns of cattle , and sent down a great multitude having wandered around . With this sudden sight having been thrown in , he threw in such great terror to the army of the Romans with the result that no one dared to go outside of the intrenchment . After this thing having been done , in not so many days , he routed Marcus Minucius Rufus , the Master of the Horse with equal power to the dictator , having been led into a battle by a trick . He killed Marcus Claudius Marcellus , consul for the fifth time , at Venusia in a similar way . It would take a long time to count all his battles . For this reason , this alone will be enough to be said , from which it is able to be known how great he was : as long as he was in Italy , no one resisted him in the battle lines , no one set up camps in the battlefield against him after the Battle of Cannae .
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