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Hanno in charge

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Mathos seems to have sent reinforcements around now, while Hanno's strength stayed the same or fewer. Equally important, Spendius arrived to take charge. With 15,000 men he refocussed rebel energies on Utica. In fact, with their captured artillery they could now mount a regular siege of the town. Spendius simultaneously could keep Hanno at bay with part of his forces, either some of the fifteen thousand or other troops if these were available. Meantime the rebels in the 'city' at the Bagradas bridge, on Polybius' evidence, now totalled at least 10,000. Hanno and his army were sidelined if not stalemated. At any rate they drop out of Polybius' narrative for quite a while. It is not at all plausible that they marched or sailed back to Carthage, and that Hamilcar then took over and led out part of the same army again.

Keywords: Bagradas bridge; Carthage; Hamilcar; Hanno; Mathos; Polybius; Spendius; Utica



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