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'The Libyans'

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Mathos' call to the Libyan communities for fresh forces, and their obviously prompt response, illustrate the Libyans' commitment to the war. The troops they sent must have come from communities not subdued by Hamilcar in his victorious march, or had set out for Tunes before he reached their home districts. To persist in supporting the cause, even after his riverside victory and intimidating progress through their countryside, shows that they and their home communities were more determined than the over-enthusiastic volunteers. The Libyan communities maintain the war-effort, some minimum of cooperative organisation and unified direction. The only non-Polybian evidence for any kind of organisation among the Libyans is the varied coinage. The Libyan Mathos seems to have ranked as first among equals in military command, and as planner and coordinator of the war-effort.

Keywords: Hamilcar; Libyan civil war; Libyan communities; Mathos; Tunes



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