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The crosses at tunes

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Mathos' forces at Tunes were the vital target. News of the disaster cannot have come as a total surprise to him, even if he had continued to hope that Spendius might somehow still manage to fight his way out. Mathos surely recognised that the rebellion was now doomed, and he with it. It was only a question of time before Hamilcar's victorious divisions would appear on the hills and plains behind Tunes. Hamilcar and Hannibal brought forward Spendius and the other prisoners to the walls and crucified them. Hamilcar's own bitterness at that massacre, as well as his aim of demoralising the rebels could certainly prompt such treatment, and how Mathos inflicted torments on Hannibal as well as crucifixion, in revenge for the deaths.

Keywords: Hamilcar; Hannibal; Mathos; Spendius; Tunes



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