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The saw

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Polybius climaxes the campaign by revealing Spendius and his men surrounded at The Saw (Prion), in a hopeless position, unable to attack or retreat. Somehow Hamilcar had corralled them all and now they lay at his mercy. Besides, his description of the area is one of his sparsest. When they were 'in a locale unhelpful to their own purposes, but suitable for his own army', Hamilcar 'unexpectedly encamped opposite them' and encircled them with a ditch and palisade. These events and their sequel occurred, 'around the place called The Saw; which acquired this name due to the similarity of its appearance to the tool so called. At The Saw, the rebels had water but limited food. The constantly shifting campaign would have made it hard for either army to keep up a regular supply of provisions, or carry large quantities.

Keywords: Hamilcar; Polybius; Spendius' breakout campaign; The Saw

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