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The killing of Gisco

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Mathos, Spendius, Autaritus and their war council had plenty on their minds as the events in Sardinia unfolded. They kept in touch with the island mutineers and were delighted by their successes. In the Libyan heartland, Hamilcar, with Spendius' army gone, was continuing his campaign, winning towns by surrender or assault. Hamilcar was strong enough to capture places, but not to impose a permanent occupation or remain in one district indefinitely. Killing the alleged traitor-comrades was only the first stage of violence. With the troops aroused by bloodshed and vengefulness, Spendius and Autaritus ordered Gisco, his associates and prisoners taken during the war to be brought outside the camp. There were nearly 700 war-prisoners, a number surprising at first sight, since the rebels had won few victories apart from their early success outside Utica.

Keywords: Autaritus; Gisco; Hamilcar; Libyan; Mathos; Sardinia; Spendius; Utica



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