Dissidebat ab eo Pergamenus rex Eumenes , Romanis amicissimus , bellumque inter eos gerebatur et mari et terra ; sed utrobique Eumenes plus valebat propter Romanorum societatem . Quo magis cupiebat eum Hannibal opprimi ; quem si removisset , faciliora sibi cetera fore arbitrabatur . Ad hunc interficiundum talem iniit rationem . Classe paucis diebus erant decreturi . Superabatur navium multitudine ; dolo erat pugnandum , cum par non esset armis . Imperavit quam plurimas venenatas serpentes vivas colligi easque in vasa conici . Harum cum effecisset magnam multitudinem , die ipso , quo facturus erat navale proelium , classiarios convocat hisque praecipit , omnes ut in unam Eumenis regis concurrant navem , a ceteris tantum satis habeant se defendere . Id illos facile serpentium multitudine consecuturos .
King Eumenes of Pergamon differed from him ( King Prusias ) , being the most friendly to the Romans , and the war was waged between them both on land and on the sea , but on both sides , Eumenes was stronger because of the society of the Romans . Because of this , Hannibal wanted him to be pressed down even more if he were to remove him , he thought that everything else would be easier for him . He put in such a plan in order to kill him . They were going to fight by ships in a few days . He was conquered by the multitude of ships , so it must be fought by a trick because he was not equal in arms . He ordered as many as possible living venomous snakes to be collected and to be thrown into jars . When he had made a great multitude of them , on that very day which he was going to make a naval battle , he called together his captains and ordered them that all of them should rush the ship of King Eumenes alone , and they should consider it enough to only defend themselves from the others . [ He said that ] they would achieve this easily because of the multitude of snakes .
He differed from him to go to Pergamon Kingdom , and Eumenes , most friendly to Rome , between the dawn of baring of war and the sea and earth , but on both side King Eumenes , many are able to close to the Roman society . Who desires more when Hannibal presses against . Who if only removed , easy to do himself . To this place he thinks to put it away . The navy after a few days decided to fight . Go over the crowded ship . To be fighting with a sword , when it’s not equal with tools . With commands as possible with a venue outs snake sails by asking the vessel to throw . In this place when passing a big crowd , that day , who makes the battle ship . In this place the navy is called together to go where Eumenes is King and navigates the ship together . The other great size would consider it to be enough to be defended . He in that place without difficulty follows many .