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Polybius, Histories, book 3, The Romans Retreat to Placentia (search)
The Romans Retreat to Placentia Just then the Numidians, who had been lying in Both Roman wings defeated. ambush, left their hiding-place, and by a sudden charge on the centre of the Roman rear produced great confusion and alarm throughout the armyhey were hindered by the river and the pelting storm of rain which was pouring down upon their heads.fights its way to Placentia. They therefore closed their ranks, and made their way safely to Placentia, to the number of ten thousand. Of the rest Placentia, to the number of ten thousand. Of the rest of the army the greater number were killed by the elephants and cavalry on the bank of the Trebia; while those of the infantry who escaped, and the greater part of the cavalry, managed to rejoin the ten thousand mentioned above, and arrived with them at Placentia. Meanwhile the Carthaginian army pursued the enemy as far as the Trebia; but being prevented by the storm from going farther, returned to their camp. They regarded the result of the battle with great exultation, as a complete success;