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Examples of Enemy
There was greater security of life and property throughout the empire, and the laws were wise and effective.
None of the inhabitants of Jericho were spared except Rahab the harlot, and her father’s household, in reward for her secretion of the spy which Joshua had sent into the city.
The next battle, that of Mylæ, in which the whole Roman fleet was engaged, again turned in favor of the Romans, whose bad seamanship provoked the contempt of their foes, and led to self-confidence.
For six years no decided victories were won by either side, but in the year B.C. 256, nine years from the commencement of hostilities, M. Atilius Regulus, a noble of the same class and habits as Cincinnatus and Fabricius, with a fleet of three hundred and thirty ships, manned by one hundred thousand sailors, encountered the Carthaginian fleet of three hundred and fifty ships on the southern coast of Sicily, and gained a memorable victory.
This defensive policy of Fabius wounded the Roman pride, and the dictator became unpopular.
He selected then the rich lands of Apulia for winter quarters, and intrenched his camp at Gerenium.