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Headword: *po/plios *skipi/wn *)afrikano/s
Adler number: pi,2056
Translated headword: Publius Scipio Africanus
Vetting Status: high
[Publius Scipio Africanus,] finding the army in a decrepit state, resurrected it. [It was he] who also demolished Carthage down to its foundations. [It is said that] the hilt of his sword foretold the end of the war to him; blood flowed from it in profusion, and however many times they wiped it off it always emitted more blood. The seers interpreted the omen to indicate an enormous massacre of the enemy.
Greek Original:
*po/plios *skipi/wn *)afrikano/s, th\n stratia\n eu(rw\n diefqarme/nhn e)panw/rqwsen. o(\s kai\ th\n *karxhdo/na ei)s e)/dafos kaqei=le. proshma=nai de\ au)tw=| tou= pole/mou to\ pe/ras th\n tou= ci/fous labh/n, ai(/mati pollw=| r(eome/nhn kai\ polla/kis me\n a)pomattome/nhn, ple/on de\ a)niei=san a)ei\ tou= ai(/matos: tou\s ga\r ma/nteis polu\n fo/non tw=n e)nanti/wn shmai/nein to\ te/ras u(pokri/nasqai.
Material not identified by Adler but nowadays ascribed to John of Antioch (fr. 135 Roberto).
On Scipio see already, in brief, under pi 2055.
Keywords: biography; geography; historiography; history; imagery; military affairs; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 14 January 2013@23:58:01.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; tweaking) on 15 January 2013@04:32:33.
David Whitehead on 10 October 2013@06:36:36.


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