ROME-THE PUNIC WARS.
expensive than the method of Alexander, who conquered by the sword and held
as he had won. The Roman envoy was generally like Caesar's Gaul, "divided
into three parts," of which the first was lion, the second fox, and the
third, jackal. In his relations with foreign states he was expected to be
lion and fox by turns, and jackal always.
It will now be of interest to revert to Carthage. In the half century
succeeding the close of the Second Punic War she stood aloof from the
entanglements on the other shores of the Mediterranean, and endeavored to
regain by commerce what she had lost by the sword. This course led
inevitably to the restoration of the prosperity of the city. Rome saw with
a jealous eye the Carthaginian ship traversing the sea and laden with a
foreign cargo. Meanwhile Masinissa made the most of his position, as king
of Numidia, by attacking the