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Numantia–or Don’t Mess with Rome

The Roman Empire was a nice package of countries and peoples. But what happened if you didn’t want to become part of it? The native Spaniards of a little town called Numantia decided that they were damned if they would … Continue reading

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Scipio Takes Command (Part 3)

How could the Roman Assembly give the command of an army to a boy of twenty-seven (Livy says twenty-four)? Gold signet ring from Capua with the portrait of Scipio Africanus.  (late 3rd or early 2nd century B.C.)  (public domain photo) … Continue reading

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Scipio Takes Command (Part 2)

The Carthaginian commander of New Carthage, Mago by name, had only a thousand soldiers to defend the city, and most of them were mercenaries. Unlike Rome, Carthage never had its own citizen army. He decided to keep them at their … Continue reading

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