Scipio's Return To Rome
When he thought the right time had come he drew
Decisive victory of Scipio.
out [the velites]1
to oppose those of the
enemy who occupied the foot of the hills;
while against those who had descended
into the valley he led his main force from the camp in four
cohorts, and attacked the infantry. Caius Laelius at the
same time made a detour with the cavalry by the hills, which
stretched from the camp to the valley, and charged the enemy's
horse on the rear; and so kept them occupied with fighting
him. The enemy's infantry therefore, being thus deprived of
the support of the cavalry, on which they had relied in
descending into the valley, were distressed and overmatched
in the battle; while their cavalry was in much the same plight:
for, being surprised on ground of insufficient extent, they fell
into confusion, and lost more men by hurting each other than
by the hands of the enemy; for their own infantry was pressing
upon their flank, and the enemy's infantry on their front, while
his cavalry were attacking on their rear. The battle having
taken this course, the result was that nearly all those who
had descended into the valley lost their lives; while those who
had been stationed on the foot of the hills managed to escape.
These last were the light-armed troops, and formed about a
third of the whole army: with whom Andobales himself contrived to make good his escape to a certain stronghold of great
security. . . .
By further operations in this year, B. C. 206, Scipio had
compelled Mago to abandon Spain: and towards the winter the
Roman army went into winter-quarters at Tarraco.
Having thus put a finishing stroke to his campaigns in
Scipio returns to Rome in the autumn of B. C. 206.
, Scipio arrived at Tarraco
in high spirits,
bringing with him the materials of a brilliant
triumph for himself, and a glorious victory for
his country. But being anxious to arrive in
before the consular elections, he arranged for the government
having put the army into the hands of
Junius Silanus and L. Marcius, embarked with Caius Laelius
and his other friends for Rome
. . . .