By Robert F. Pennell
Robert Franklin Pennell (1850, Maine – 1905, San Francisco) was once an American educator and classicist.
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Regulus, who began to despise his opponents, remained inactive at Tunis, near Carthage, neglecting even to secure a line of retreat to his fortified camp at Clupea. The next spring (255) he was surprised, his army cut to pieces, and he himself taken prisoner. He subsequently died a captive at Carthage. The Romans, learning of this defeat, sent a fleet of 350 sail to relieve their comrades who were shut up in Clupea. While on its 47 way, it gained a victory over the Carthaginian fleet off the Herméan promontory, sinking 114 of the enemy's ships.
Founded in as early times as Rome itself, it became the most flourishing city of Magna Graecia, renowned for its luxury and refinement, and as the home of all the highest arts and culture. AFFAIRS IN SICILY HIERO II, tyrant of Syracuse, died in 216. During his long reign of more than fifty years he had been the stanch friend and ally of Rome in her struggles with Carthage. Hieronymus, the grandson and successor of Hiero, thought fit to ally himself with Carthage. The young tyrant, who was arrogant and cruel, was assassinated after reigning a few months.
All Southern Italy, except the Latin colonies and the Greek cities on the coast, went over to Hannibal. 57 CHAPTER XV THE SECOND PUNIC WARFROM CANNAE TO THE BATTLE OF ZAMA (216202) ROME was appalled; but though defeated, she was not subdued. All the Latin allies were summoned for aid in the common peril. Boys and old men alike took up arms even the slaves were promised freedom if they would join the ranks. Hannibal marched from Cannae into Campania. He induced Capua, the second city of Italy, to side with him.