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Mathos' end

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Polybius describes the battle as a set-piece action: the armies faced each other and, 'at an agreed moment', fell to blows. There would be little need of complex manoeuvres against the rebels' battered ranks. By now most of Mathos' old comrades of the army of Sicily would be gone, killed in earlier combats, crushed under Hamilcar's elephants, felled by his and Spendius' stonings, or carried off by sickness, leaving him, last of the rebellion's leaders, in command largely of fellow-Libyans who had enlisted during the war. Mathos fell into his enemies' hands through capture'. With the defeat of Mathos datable to roughly the end of 238, and the pacification of Libya taking the next two months or so, the siege of the towns can be reckoned as opening around the start of March 237.

Keywords: Hamilcar; Libya; Mathos; Polybius; Sicily; Spendius



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