History of Rome, and of the Roman People; From Its Origin to the Invasion of the Barbarians and Fall of the Empire Volume 2, PT. 2

History of Rome, and of the Roman People; From Its Origin to the Invasion of the Barbarians and Fall of the Empire Volume 2, PT. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... places, followed from afar the movements of the new army of Marius, hoping to find opportunity to fall upon the untried legions. But the consul, skilfully served by spies, knew from day to day What the enemy was doing, and outwitted him in all his attempts. In many skirmishes he defeated the Gaetuli, and once in an encounter near Cirta nearly killed J ugurtha with his own hand. Thus, having hardened his troops and trained them to African warfare, he returned to the tactics of Metellus. Of all this general's exploits the most vaunted had been the taking of Thala. Marius advanced still farther into the desert; and, in the midst of a plain infested with serpents, attacked the city of Capsa, ' taking it in a day without the loss of a single soldier, --which did not, however, prevent him from burning the city, killing all the young men, and selling the rest of the inhabitants. Many other cities were taken, or abandoned without resistance by their inhabitants, and burned. Until this time the war had been concentrated in that part of Numidia which bordered on the Roman province; Marius now carried it into the opposite quarter, upon the frontiers of Mauritania. Not far from the Mulucha, or Malva, a river making the boundary between Numidia and Mauritania, rises in the midst of a plain a rocky elevation at that time crowned by a strong fortress, to which but a single narrow footpath gave access, leading along the edge of steep precipices. Here Jugurtha had placed a part of his treasures, a store of provisions, and a good garrison, who were secured against thirst by an abundant supply of water. A place like this could not be attacked by the ordinary methods, and at the same time Marius was extremely anxious to take it. A Ligurian in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236992091
  • 9781236992093