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The Truceless War had threatened the Carthaginians with the loss of all their territories in Africa and, for a time, seemed to threaten even the existence of the city. Thousands of combatants were killed in battle or after capture. Hamilcar in his campaigns across Libya's heartland had stormed towns which resisted him, no doubt adding numbers of civilians to the kill total. Armies marched and counter-marched around the countryside, they foraged and plundered as armies always did. The damage to crops, fields, livestock and property have been severe. Moreover, deserters from either side would not invariably join the opposing army; many Libyans would try to return home and, to provision themselves on the way, they would surely loot, rob and sometimes murder too.

Keywords: Africa; Carthaginians; Hamilcar; Libya's heartland; Truceless War

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