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Libya revolts

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Libyan revolt in 396 had supposedly concentrated two hundred thousand insurgents outside Carthage, only to collapse. But the rebels calculated on the city being worn down by siege, hunger and despair. Their own numbers were now 20,000 at best, and perhaps fewer, but fresh forces from the Libyan communities would soon be on their way. The two generals, their colleagues and their troops all but certainly expected not too much time to pass, or much work to be done, before Carthage begged for terms. Mathos promptly sent word to the Libyan communities that the army was at war with the Carthaginians. A Libyan himself, he surely propagandised the war as prompted, partly at least, by the veterans' sympathy for their grievances and readiness to free them from Punic domination.

Keywords: Carthage; Libyan communities; Libyan revolt; Mathos; Punic; Truceless War



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