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Translated by Rev. Canon Roberts
Content of Book XVIII[256 - 250 BC]
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Contents of Book XVIII. 256 - 250 BC|
Atilius Regulus, consul, having overcome the Carthaginians in a sea-fight, passes over into Africa: kills a serpent of prodigious magnitude, with great loss of his own men.
The senate, on account of his successful conduct of the war, not appointing him a successor, he writes to them, complaining; and, among other reasons for desiring to be recalled, alledges, that his little farm, being all his subsistence, was going to ruin, owing to the mismanagement of hired stewards.
The Roman fleet shipwrecked; which disaster entirely reverses the good fortune which had hitherto attended their affairs. Titus Corucanius, the first high priest chosen from among the commons.
Publius Sempronius Sophus and Marcus Valerius Maximus, censors, examine into the state of the senate, and expel thirteen of the members of that body.
They hold a lustrum, and find the number of citizens to be two hundred and ninety-seven thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven.
Gaius Regulus being sent by the Carthaginians to Rome to treat for peace, and an exchange of prisoners, binds himself by oath to return if these objects be not attained; dissuades the senate from agreeing to the propositions: and then, in observance of his oath, returning to Carthage, is put to death by torture.
Events: Atilius Regulus defeats the Carthaginians and lands in Africa, Atilius Regulus defeated and taken prisoner, The Roman fleet shipwrecked, Peace negotiations with the Carthaginians. Regulus executed,