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In the wake of two serious defeats early in the Second Punic War, a dictator was appointed for the Romans, who, instead of leading their forces against Hannibal, adopted the defensive delaying strategy that is known to this day as "Fabian tactics." Quintus Fabius Maximus 'The Delayer' has been revered through the centuries as the man who, with his wisdom and foresight, saved Rome. This reputation is largely a result of Livy's heroization of him. It is as if, having chosen Fabius as the representative of the conservative ideals he holds dear, Livy has closed his eyes to any irregularities and has deliberately presented the actions of Fabius in the most positive light. It is his story, and he is sticking to it! Nevertheless, a closer scrutiny of the events and personalities involved suggest a slightly different story, and reveal some of Livy's artistry in reinterpreting history.