face down in the mud

November 27, 2012

I was reading about the Battle of Cannae. Hannibal’s famous fight against superior numbers of Romans. It was the greatest battle in the second Punic War between Rome and Carthage. 60,000 Romans died in the battle. Some who initially survived the battle begged the Carthaginians to dispense them, their wounds begin so horrendous. Other Romans were seen smothering themselves face down in the mud of the battleground so that they wouldn’t suffer a long painful death.

I’m a peacenik. And yet I find these tales of battles fascinating.

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