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The money Gisco brought has prompted a surmise that even the claims for rations and ration-money had meanwhile been settled to the troops' satisfaction, without his own involvement. The money he took with him to Tunes was obviously enough to pay off the arrears of opsonion. The arrears of opsonion alone amounted to thousands of talents. As for the rations-compensation, the Carthaginians' baulking at the claim suggests that it too was sizeable. But postponing payments for this and the cavalrymen's claims dangerously irritated the veterans, and Spendius and Matho used it to whip up the first stage of mutiny. Polybius may call Gisco's action a 'trifling pretext' for rebellion, but the men plainly did not see it so. Even if he just wished to keep the payouts orderly, they obviously suspected something amiss.

Keywords: arrears of opsonion; Carthaginians; mutiny; Polybius; Tunes



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