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The Battle of Thapsus on April 6, 46 BC which was a Decisive Caesarian victory. Roughly 10,000 enemy soldiers wanted to surrender to Caesar, but were instead slaughtered by his army. This action is unusual for Caesar, who was known as a merciful victor.

The Battle of Thapsus on April 6, 46 BC which was a Decisive Caesarian victory. Roughly 10,000 enemy soldiers wanted to surrender to Caesar, but were instead slaughtered by his army. This action is unusual for Caesar, who was known as a merciful victor.

Expansion in Italy, 4th-3rd Centuries BC: Etruscan centurion from Volterra, 4th C; Etruscan hoplite from Volterra, c. 298; Roman princeps, c. 290; Roman centurion, 4th C

Expansion in Italy, 4th-3rd Centuries BC: Etruscan centurion from Volterra, 4th C; Etruscan hoplite from Volterra, c. 298; Roman princeps, c. 290; Roman centurion, 4th C

"Battle" of The Caudine Forks, 321 BC. A Samnite army traps a Roman army and humiliates them by forcing them to "pass under the yoke". - art by Seán Ó'Brógáin

"Battle" of The Caudine Forks, 321 BC. A Samnite army traps a Roman army and humiliates them by forcing them to "pass under the yoke". - art by Seán Ó'Brógáin

A Roman cataphractarius, or heavy cavalryman with full armor, rests with his fully armored horse in a forest.

A Roman cataphractarius, or heavy cavalryman with full armor, rests with his fully armored horse in a forest.

Post battle reflection. The collection of Celtic torques was the roman equivalent of battle honors and gave much prestige to the legionary. They were of course a good loot bonus as well.

Post battle reflection. The collection of Celtic torques was the roman equivalent of battle honors and gave much prestige to the legionary. They were of course a good loot bonus as well.

Hoping to keep Caesar in Britain over the winter and thus starve him into submission, the Britons renewed the attack, ambushing one of the legions as it foraged near the Roman camp. The foraging party was relieved by the remainder of the Roman force and the Britons were again driven off.

Hoping to keep Caesar in Britain over the winter and thus starve him into submission, the Britons renewed the attack, ambushing one of the legions as it foraged near the Roman camp. The foraging party was relieved by the remainder of the Roman force and the Britons were again driven off.

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