About Hamilcar Barca remained far less information than his son Hannibal. However, many successes Hannibal became possible only because of his father's activities. Concise, vivid biography of Cornelius Nepos Hamilcar wrote (I in. BC. E.). In it, he says the following: "Hamilcar, son of Hannibal, surnamed Barca, the Carthaginian began to command the army, even at a young age; it was in Sicily during the First Punic War, but is closer to its end. Prior to his arrival Carthaginian affairs on land and at sea was bad; he is, wherever appearing, he never gave in to the enemy, did not give him a chance to repair the damage, and, in contrast, often when an occasion presented itself, he attacked and always emerged victorious. So it happened that when Pune lost almost all his possessions in Sicily, he successfully defended Eriks that military action at this point as though frozen to a standstill. Meanwhile the Carthaginians, defeated by the Roman consul G. Lutatius in a naval battle at Egatskih Islands, decided to end the war and provided the matter to the discretion of Hamilcar. And he, eager to fight, decided to still petition for the world, because I was aware that the country, depleting its resources can no longer endure the vicissitudes of war; but he had already entertained the idea to resume the war at the first favorable circumstances and to fight with the Romans as long as they do not win in a fair fight, or do not raise their hands up as a sign of defeat. With this intention he made peace by showing with particular tenacity when Catulus insisted that the war may be terminated only on the condition that Hamilcar and his men occupied Eriks, flee from Sicily, surrendering weapons, he said that the country it according to obey, but he would rather die than return to me with shame, for it is unworthy of the honor to give the enemy the weapons handed the birthplace of his battle with the enemy. And Catulus yielded his intransigence.
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