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Translated by Rev. Canon Roberts
Content of Book XVII[260 - 257 BC]
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Gaius Duilius, consul, engages with and vanquishes the Carthaginian fleet; is the first commander to whom a triumph was decreed for a naval victory; in honour of which, he is allowed, when returning to his habitation at night, to be attended with torches and music.
Atilius Calatinus, consul, drawn into an ambuscade by the Carthaginians, is rescued by the skill and valour of Marcus Calpurnius, a military tribune, who making a sudden attack upon the enemy, with a body of only three hundred men, turns their whole force against himself.
Events: Gnaeus Cornelius loses a battle against the Carthagenians and is taken, Gaius Duilius and Lucius Cornelius defeat the Carthagenians, Lucius Cornelius defeats the Sardinians, Lucius Cornelius defeats the Corsicans, Atilius Calatinus against the Carthaginians, Hannibal, the commander of the Carthaginian fleet, is executed
Triumph:The highest honour to a general: clad like Jupiter he drove in a chariot drawn by four white horses. Before him walked the prisoners taken in the war, and the spoils of the captured cities, and in later times pictures of the conquered territories were carried before the general's chariot. He was followed by his troops, who sung songs, often extempore effusions, in honour of their commander.