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Re: Extinguishing the Elves (was: Ogoneking the Consonants)

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 16:07
BP Jonsson wrote:

> At 19:33 27.5.2000 -0500, Danny Wier wrote: > > >>It's a parody of Cato the Censor's perpetual close to his speeches > >>on any subject whatever: "That is my opinion, and further it is my > >>opinion that Carthage must be destroyed: she is a menace to Rome." > >>Eventually the Romans launched the Third (and last) Punic war out > >>of sheer boredom. > > > >A war about nothing. > > Hardly. Rome had challenged Carthage for supremacy in the western med, > almost lost the 2d Punic War, but eventually managed to destroy the > Carthaginians' military power. Cato thought that as long as the city and > the people were in place they could rebuild that power.
And they were. Its mercantile wealth had grown so greatly that by 191, ten years after the Second Punic War had ended, Carthage was able to offer immediately 40 further payments on the war indemnity (the total sum of which would have been upwards of 100k talents, IIRC). =========================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ===========================================