Dio's Rome: Gleanings from the lost books. I. The epitome of books 1-21 arranged by Ioannes Zonaras, soldier and secretary, in the monastary of Mt. Athos, about 1130 A. D. II. Fragments of books. 22-35.- v. 2. Extant books 36-44 (B. C. 69-44)- v. 3. Extant books 45-51 (B. C. 44-29)- v. 4. Extant books 52-60 (B. C. 29-A. D. 54)- . 5. Extant books 61-76 (A. D. 54-211)- v. 6. I. Books 77-80 (A. D. 211-229) II. Fragments of books 1-21 (Melber's arrangement) III. Glossary of latin terms. IV. General index
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Page 178 - Regulus, one of the consuls who led the army of invasion, sent word to Rome that he had sealed up the gates of Carthage with terror. Finally, however, Regulus suffered a crushing defeat and was made prisoner. A fleet which was sent to bear away the remnants of the shattered army was wrecked in a terrific storm off the coast of Sicily, and the shores of the island were strewn with the wreckage of between two and three hundred...
Page ix - Cassius, abridg'd by Xiphilin. Containing the most considerable passages under the Roman emperors, from the time of Pompey the Great, to the reign of Alexander Serverus.
Page 210 - Libya, in order that at one and the same time the land of the enemy might be desolated and his allies injured ; thus neither would he be able to assist Spain nor could he himself receive assistance from there. To this Quintus Fabius Maximus rejoined that it was not so absolutely and inevitably necessary to vote for war, but they could first employ an embassy, and then if the Carthaginians persuaded them that they were guilty of no wrong, they should remain quiet, but if the same people were convicted...
Page 241 - At last in an incredible manner he [Archimedes] destroyed the whole Roman fleet by conflagration. By tilting a kind of mirror toward the sun he concentrated the sun's beams upon it ; and as the thickness and smoothness of the mirror coo'perated to ignite the air from these beams he kindled a great flame, all of which he directed upon the ships that lay at anchor in the path of the fire, and he consumed them all.
Page 191 - omens '. Aegates insulas. Islands a few miles off the west coast of Sicily, which gave their name to the sea battle which gave Rome the final victory in the First Punic War (241 BC). According to Zonaras, 8, 17, before the naval battle ' a meteor had appeared above the Romans, and after rising high to the left of the Carthaginians plunged into their ranks '. This reference to an omen suggests that Livy may have used Coelius as well as Polybius for this chapter, as it is likely that Coelius would...
Page 254 - ... sent a message to the citizens of Salapia through a pretended deserter, and now approached the walls in the guise of Marcellus, using the Latin language in company with other men who understood it, in order to be taken for Romans. The Salapians, informed of his artifice, were artful enough in their turn to pretend that they believed Marcellus was really approaching. Then drawing up the portcullis they admitted as many as it seemed to them they could conveniently dispose of, and killed them all....
Page 261 - ... Masinissa joined the Romans and took up arms against the Carthaginians and Syphax. This version, of which Livy is ignorant, is most improbable, and, in fact, Masinissa now met Sophoniba for the first time. After praising her beauty and musical and literary gifts, Dio adds that ' she was so charming that the mere sight of her or even the sound of her voice sufficed to vanquish every one, even the most indifferent '. 12.
Page 236 - Now Albinus was ambushed and destroyed with his entire army by the Boii as he was traversing a wooded mountain. The barbarians cut off his head, scooped out the interior, and after gilding it used it for a bowl in their sacred rites. Portents also occurred at this time : a cow gave birth to a horse and fire shone out at sea. The consuls...
Page 212 - Italy and receive from them a guide for the way, and that by this guide he was commanded to follow without turning around. He did turn around, however, and saw a great tempest moving and an immense serpent accompanying it. In surprise he asked his conductor what these creatures were; and the guide said: "Hannibal, they are on their way to help you in the sack of Italy.