Caesar, The Spanish War

LCL 402: 308-309

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1Cn. Pompeius ransacks Further Spain for troops and money.
2Caesar enters the province and joins his lieutenants.
3–5Caesar sends help to Ulia—marches to Corduba, thereby relieving Ulia—crosses the Baetis by a pontoon bridge: indecisive fighting S. of the town.
6–19Siege of Ategua Pompeius encamps S. of the Salsum—description of his forces and of the terrain—skirmish at Castra Postumiana—sally of Ateguans repulsed—peace overtures rejected: Pompeius skirmishes successfully N. of Salsum—Caesar’s cavalry retaliate dismounted—barbarous behaviour of Pompeian garrison: another sally from the town repulsed—Tullius and Cato offer terms which Caesar rejects: further heavy fighting round the town—it surrenders on February 19th.
20–26Operations near Ucubi Pompeius executes Caesarian partisans at Ucubi: party strife at Ursao: skirmish near river Salsum—gallantry of two centurions: battle on high ground near Soricaria—Pompeius repulsed with heavy losses: single combat between Turpio and Niger: evidence of disaffection in Pompeian army.
27–31Operations near Munda Both armies move S.—Caesar storms Ventipo—Pompeius burns Carruca—takes field outside Munda: description of the terrain: Pompeius remains on defensive on high ground—Caesar attacks—bitter fighting—the Tenth legion starts the enemy rout—total casualties on either side.
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32–42‘Mopping-up’ Operations Fugitives in Munda closely invested: Cn. Pompeius flees to Carteia: Caesar arrives outside Corduba—sedition in the town expedites its capture: Caesar marches to Hispalis—Philo renews resistance and makes a final sally—Hispalis falls: Pompeius wounded in fighting at Carteia—flees by sea with Didius in pursuit—his fleet destroyed—he is finally caught, killed, and his head brought to Hispalis: Didius ambushed and killed: Fabius finally reduces Munda: Ursao is invested: Caesar returns to Hispalis—convenes the assembly—accuses the people of base ingratitude in supporting Pompeius.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.caesar-spanish_war.1955