115. The valley of the Bagrada, one of whose branches flows by
Zama, the scene of Scipo's great victory over Hannibal, by which he
gained his greatest renown and his title of Africanus.
Among the neighboring hills, according to Lucan, Pharsalia, IV. ,
the giant Antaeus had his cave. Speaking of Curio's voyage, he
"To Afric's coast he cuts the foamy way,
Where low the once victorious Carthage lay.
There landing, to the well-known camp he hies,
Where from afar the distant seas he spies;
Where Bagrada's dull waves the sands divide,
And slowly downward roll their sluggish tide.
From thence he seeks the highest renowned by fame,
And hallowed by the great Cornelian name:
The rocks and hills which long, traditions say,
Where held by huge Antaeus' horrid sway.
But greater deeds this rising mountain grace,
And Scipio's name ennobles much the place,
While, fixing here his famous camp, he calls
Fierce Hannibal from Rome's devoted walls.
As yet the mouldering works remain in view,
Where dreadful once the Latin eagles flew."
124. |Aeneid, VI.: "Here too you might have seen Tityus,
the foster-child of all-bearing earth, whose body is extended
over nine whole acres; and a huge vulture, with her hooked
beak, pecking at his immortal liver." Also Odyssey, XI., in
Typhoeus was a giant wih a hundred heads, like a dragon's who
made war upon the gods as soon as he was born. He was the father
of Geryon and Cerberus.
132. The battle between Hercules and Antaeus is described by
Lucan, Pharsalia, IV.:--
"Bright in Olympic oil Alcides shone,
Antaeus with his mother's dust is strown,
And seeks her friendly force to aid his own."
136. One of the leaning towers of Bologna, which Eustace,
Classical Tour, I. 167, thinks are "remarkable only for their unmeaning
elevation and dangerous deviation from the perpendicular."