By David Murrin, author of Breaking the Code of History –
At the conclusion of the Third Punic War that finally ended in 146BC with the total destruction of Carthage at the hands of a Roman Army, its leader Scipio Aemilianus and his friend Polybius the Greek historian friend were witnessing the carnage as the smoke and flames rose from the city to the terrible sounds of its dying inhabitants.
Polybius turned to notice that Scipio was crying. When asked if he was crying for the suffering he had unleashed, Scipio denied it was the reason. He then recited a sentence from Homer’s Odyssey, a prophecy about the destruction of Troy, that could be applied now to Carthage’s end: The day shall come when sacred Troy shall fall, and King Priam and all his warrior people with him. Having seen the once mighty Carthage fall, he feared that although Rome was on the ascendant it too would one day befall the same fate of destruction as Troy and Carthage, a remarkably prescient observation at a time when Rome would have seemed invulnerable.