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O. S; Lake'• NorlMnt Greeoe, TUL L p. S89). 32 HISTOBY 01' ANOIBNT GEOGRAPHY. CluP. XVIL capital, and perhaps one or two other points : and the scanty information possessed by most Greek writers upon the extensive regions subject to the Carthagini an rule is a remarkable feature in all the earlier geographical treatises. exception of the But from the time of the Punic WS1'8 the names of the Ma. ' § 14. But that historian not only possessed all the informa tion that had thus become available to the Romans in general, but he had en j oyed special opportun iti es of surveying and examining in detail the coasts of Africa, having been ap pointed by his friend Scipio, during the Third Punic War, to the com mand of a squadron, with the express purpose of carrying on such investigations.
2. er : and the discovery soon after of gold mines of extraordinary richness in the land of the Taurisci, a Norican tribe,2 mut have tended greatly to increase the com munication with Italy. 3 Notwithstanding the valuable information acquired by its great superiority to that Pol ybius concerning the Alps, and of his predecessors, we must not suppose that he had an y thing like a · clear geographical acquaintance with the course and configuration of that great chain. He was indeed familiar-as any one who had visited the north of Italy must needs be with its great extent, which he estimated at 2200 stadia, measured along the plains at the foot of the mountains (a statement very much beneath the truth), and he rightly judged them to be of much greater elevation than any of the moun the neighbouring countries.
Euggsation, the origin of which we The cliatance are 1111&hle to explain. prellion " portum Horinorum � " b the port from which men tnded with Britain, ii lingu1ar: but thil probably heloup to PliD7 and � to Polybi111. Nora A. POLYBIUS. 37 NOTE A, p. 22. a of a note to attempt the di8Culllrion of the much disp uted queetion of the paaaage of the Alps by Han nibal. e which he followed, and the particular pass by which he croseed the mountains were a subject of doubt in the days of Livy, and have continued to be 11> down to our own time.