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Disasters and defections

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Polybius implies that news of the events reached Hamilcar and Hanno via Carthage. Hanno and Hamilcar, are seen as old rivals heading respectively an oligarchic and a democratic party. In the deteriorating military situation, the exchange of messages between Carthage and the generals must have taken some time. Despatch riders needed armed escorts and, even so, had to take care not to fall into rebels' clutches. Debate at Carthage, which resulted in a decision simultaneously cautious and bold, would have taken time too. This is matched by Polybius' narrative layout. For, after mentioning the generals' quarrel, its effects and the Carthaginians' directive, he postpones the outcome to insert the catalogue of disasters that now struck. The first happened 'along with' the just-mentioned events; by implication the next two followed: Hippacra and Utica defecting, and Carthage coming under direct siege.

Keywords: Carthage; Hamilcar; Hanno; Hippacra; Polybius; Utica



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