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H£st. xvii. 25), is highly praised as ideal for agriculture (Cic. de leg. agr. ii. 76; Virg. Georg. ii. 217-25). It gave three or even four harvests a year (Pliny, Nat. hist. xviii. rn, 191; Strabo, v. 242), producing especially spelt (far, Ua, Varro, Rust. i. 2. 6; Pliny, Nat. hist. xviii. ), used for making groats (alica), wheat (Pliny, Nat. h£st. xviii. 86), millet (Pliny, Nat. hist. xviii. roo). fruit and vegetables (Pliny, Nat. hist. xv. 94, 103, xix. 67; Strabo, v. 243), roses, used for perfume (Pliny, Nat.

L. : Gelo had been raised to co-regency; cf. Archimedis op. ed. Heiberg, ii. 24r. I, 290. 17; Syll. 428--9. 8. 9oOat: the latter are 'students' (cf. iii. 22. \oytKOS' Tp61ros {ix. r. 4). In xi. 19 a 2 P. calls these casual readers TOVS' ctKoliovTas, as distinct from TOVS' cptAofLafJovVTa<;. 8. 1. pxiJv: on Hiero's rise to power see i. 8. 3 n. For his humble origins cf. Zon. viii. 6; according to Iustinus (xxiii. 4· 4-5) his mother was a slave, but his father Hierocles a man of rank, 'cui us origo a Gelone, antiquo Siciliae tyranno, mana bat'.

Scullard, Scip. 308–9), or (b) the elections were late and Scipio made a bold return risking bad weather (so Broughton, MRR, i. 301). The second alternative is the more probable, but either is preferable to dating Ilipa to 207. 24 a 1–3 and 4 follow 19 a in M; 25 comes next in M and an overlap with the excerpta antiqua allows all these to be placed after Ilipa. Hasdrubal's remark about Scipio (24 a 4) is also in Livy, xxviii. 18. 7–8; and 24 a 1–3 may correspond to Livy, xxviii. 17. 2–3. Hultsch and Büttner-Wobst place 24.

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