by Marc G. De Santis “But so long as the Carthaginians held unchallenged control of the sea, the issue of the war still hung in the balance. In the months that followed many inland cities came over to the Romans for fear of their army now that they were in possession of Agrigentum, but at the same time many of the coastal cities deserted them because of they were overawed by the Carthaginian fleet. So when the Romans saw that the balance of advantage continually oscillated from one side to an


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