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Fall of Agrigentum He saw that the Romans were reduced by disease Hanno tempts the Roman cavalry out and defeats them. and want, owing to an epidemic that had broken out among them, and he believed that his own forces were strong enough to give them battle: he accordingly collected his elephants, of which he had about fifty, and
mans, having seized the hill
called Torus, at a distance of about a mile and a quarter from
their opponents. After two months, Hanno is forced to try to relieve Agrigentum, but is defeated in a pitched battle, and his army cut to pieces. For two months they remained in position without any decisive action,
though skirmishes took p f
holding out, made up his mind that this state
of things afforded him a good opportunity of
escape. Hannibal escapes by night; and the Romans enter and plunder Agrigentum.He started about midnight from the
town with his mercenary troops, and having
choked up the trenches with baskets stuffed full of chaff, led
off his force in sa