Final Defeat of the Mutineers
This unexpected reverse reduced the Carthaginians
By a final effort the Carthaginians raise a reinforcement for Hamilcar.
once more to a melancholy state of despair.
But though their recent elation of spirit was followed so closely by this depression, they did not
fail to do what they could for their own preservation. They selected thirty members of
the Senate; with them they associated Hanno, who had some
time ago been recalled; and, arming all that were left of
military age in the city, despatched them to Barcas, with the
feeling that they were now making their supreme effort. They
strictly charged the members of the Senate to use every effort
to reconcile the two generals Hamilcar and Hanno, and to
make them forget their old quarrel and act harmoniously, in
view of the imminence of the danger. Accordingly, after the
employment of many various arguments, they induced the
generals to meet; and Hanno and Barcas were compelled to
give in and yield to their representations. The result was
that they ever afterwards co-operated with each other so cordially, that Mathōs found himself continually worsted in the
numerous skirmishes which took place round the town called
, as well as certain other towns; and at last became
eager to bring the matter to the decision of a general engagement, a desire in which the Carthaginians also shared in an
equal degree. Both sides therefore having determined upon
this course: they summoned all their allies to join them-in confronting the peril, and collected the garrisons stationed in the
various towns, conscious that they were about to stake their all
on the hazard.
Mathōs beaten and captured.
All being ready on either side for the conflict,
they gave each other battle by mutual consent,
both sides being drawn up in full military
array. When victory declared itself on the
side of the Carthaginians, the larger number of the Libyans
perished on the field; and the rest, having escaped to a certain
town, surrendered shortly afterwards; while Mathōs himself
was taken prisoner by his enemies.