Cornelius Scipio Salvito

When Gaius Julius Caesar was fighting his war in Africa against the Pompeian forces during the Roman Civil War, the enemy troops were being led by Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio Nasica.  According to a long-standing prophecy, only a Scipio could be victorious in Africa, most likely in reference to the victories of Scipio Africanus Elder and Younger.  Caesar therefore took an unknown soldier out of his ranks, Cornelius Scipio Salvito, and kept him at the front of his army, in order to inspire his troops onwards to victory.

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