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Headword: Poplios Skipiôn Aphrikanos
Adler number: pi,2056
Translated headword: Publius Scipio Africanus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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:
Poplios Skipiôn Aphrikanos, tên stratian heurôn diephtharmenên epanôrthôsen. hos kai tên Karchêdona eis edaphos katheile. prosêmanai de autôi tou polemou to peras tên tou xiphous labên, haimati pollôi rheomenên kai pollakis men apomattomenên, pleon de anieisan aei tou haimatos: tous gar manteis polun phonon tôn enantiôn sêmainein to teras hupokrinasthai.
Notes:
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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