Mediterranean Hegemon of Ancient Greece - Chapter 1053
Minoa ’s fiasco was actually caused by a sudden occurance. Can’t be considered was a real battle, and he looked down on the Monte Ardno who only knew pleasure. It was no wonder that he did not visit the front line when he did not fail. . The last major defeat related to the success or failure of the war, according to the latest news he received, was mainly due to the Carthage army’s long attack on the city and the Numidia people’s sudden rebellion. It was not a defeat of the frontal fight with the Dionian army. The only real battle was the Gela battle. Hasdruba led the army to defeat the Dionia coalition and successfully captured Gela.
In addition, Samuels had experience fighting with Greek. He followed Simerko and Sicily’s Syracuse 20 years ago. At that time, he was still a young officer, and the army had been under the city of Syracuse. If it was not because of the damn plague, The Carthage army will not suffer a fiasco, and it may even take the city of Syracuse.
Since the Kingdom of Dionia was founded by Greek, even if their army is stronger than the Syracuses of the past, they are not much stronger. Nowadays, the city of Carthage is facing a crisis, and the soldiers are fighting with their enemies. Naturally, they can exert a stronger power than before. With roughly equal numbers of troops on both sides, they can completely repel Dionian … On the basis of this judgement, Samos decided to actively send troops and change the situation through battle.
But now that the battle has progressed, he finds that he was wrong: At the beginning of the battle, Dionia’s light infantry ran freely in that fancy formation, and Dionia’s formation transformed from scattered to aggregated … He knew this well Training was difficult to achieve; then Carthage soldiers inspired by the belief in defending the country in battle fought bravely at the enemy, but the Dionian soldier stood still like a rock until the soldiers were exhausted and exhausted. Only then did they gradually increase the attack … This is the attack method that only experienced and experienced military forces dare to adopt!
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Alexis had a much lighter look, and he said to Plintors, “It’s time for the infantry of the 3rd Fleet to attack.”
It turned out that the two of them got the news yesterday: Carthage sent thousands of reinforcements to Addis, and these reinforcement soldiers seemed to be either too young or too old.
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As Alexis said to the legion commanders before, “This may be the last battle for the Carthage people. They will definitely try their best. Although the Dionian army now has the advantage, after all, they are in danger. Once the battle is defeated, the situation is also It ’s quite dangerous. ”So Alexis faced a similar amount of pressure, so he took a prudent approach and immediately dispatched a fast boat to rush to inform the 3rd Fleet stationed on Kosla Island (after the Dionian army landed in Africa Proconsularis, Davos A simple division of work was done for the two subordinate fleets. The Africa Proconsularis sea area west of Carthage was assigned to the Sicily fleet, and the sea area east was assigned to the 3rd fleet).
After receiving the news, Midolades was delighted: the Sicily Fleet Infantry had joined the tenth legion to launch an attack on the Phoenicia allies of Carthage. How could the 3rd Fleet miss this important battle to defeat Carthage!
So he immediately gathered the patrolling warships all night, and led the fleet southward into the port of Ruspina early the next day. After the 2 fleet infantrymen carried ashore, they marched westward until they reached Dionia’s camp By the time the Dionian army had begun to form outside the camp.
Knowing that the “3rd Fleet Infantry has arrived”, Alexis asked herald to inform them: take a good rest in the camp, wait for orders, and be ready to attack at any time.
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At the time when the Carthage army had fallen, the 3rd Fleet infantry of the lively dragon and animated tiger appeared on the battlefield.
In a battlefield full of dust and hustle and shaking the heaven, it is difficult to accurately understand the situation in time, so when Samuels learned the bad news, the fleet infantry had launched an attack on Carthage’s left-wing.
Although the Carthage soldiers are still fighting stubbornly, the defeat has become a reality. In order to avoid too many casualties and lead to unprotected Carthage city, Samuels ordered: immediately sound the retreat bugle!
The physical strength and morale of the Carthage Alliance soldier have fallen sharply. After the horn sounded, a comprehensive collapse was soon formed.
The Dionian soldiers immediately pursued, and Alexis also sent someone to urge West Numidia cavalry, who was sitting on the sidelines for the rest of the battle, to participate in the pursuit.
This forced a large number of Carthage defeated troops to escape into the mountains to escape the fierce pursuit of the Dionian army.
At dusk, Alexis returned to the camp.
This battle involving more than 5 people and the battle lasted nearly 4 hours was very tragic. Only the frontal killings caused nearly 5000 deaths and injuries (Dionian soldiers killed nearly 2000, and Carthage soldiers killed more than 3000). In addition, nearly 6000 Carthage soldiers were captured.
The news came back to Carthage, the city shook, the people panicked, and the cries were endless …
On the second day, regardless of the retention of the Addis and the return of defeated troops, Samos assembled the remaining troops and fled back to the city of Carthage.
Carthage, angry and sorrowful, surrounded the Samos gang that slipped into the city, first scolding, then beating, until they fell to the ground.
In order to calm the anger, Senate conducted an absent trial at the fastest speed, and the result of the trial: the crucifixion.
This is perhaps the most tragic leading general in Carthage History.
But the execution of Samuels did not help change the situation.
On the third day, Alexis led the rested army to march west, and Addis surrendered.
On the fourth day, the Dionian army and the east Numidia troops heading north met at Addis.
On the 5th day, the Dionia coalition continued westward, and Tunes surrendered, followed by Megalo Polis.
In the end, more than 4 Dionia armed soldiers bypassed Lake Tunes (now Tunisia) and approached the city of Carthage.
The horrified Carthage people stood on the west city wall, staring at the close and numerous Dionian soldiers, destroying the vertical and horizontal trenches on the isthmus between Lake Bizer and Lake Tunes, shoveling piece by piece. Farmland, and then began to build camps on it, obviously preparing to completely block the Carthage people in the city (Carthage people think it is an isthmus, in fact, the shortest distance between the two lakes is also about 10 li, and the terrain is very flat).
The horrified Carthage did not dare to attack, but could only hide in the tall and thick city wall and stepped up preparations for defense. All men and women, young and old, are mobilized, equipped with weapon, ready to fight in the city at any time. All the blacksmith shops in the city start working 24 hours a day, and emergency production of various weapons: short sword, javelin, long spear, shield …
Even the seniors who have lost one’s head out of fear have passed the proposal of High Priest to persuade the people in the city to hold an unprecedented sacrifice and pray for blessings from Dionia’s protector Baʿal Ḥammon. This ceremony was once popular in the western Mediterranean Phoenicians. Other races have changed in color and have been less frequently held in recent decades.
But the Carthage people at this time were on the verge of despair, which was their little hope, and there was almost no objection. Through lottery, a total of two hundred children under the age of six were selected. Among the chants of the people in the city, they were pushed alive into the Fire Pit in front of God Baʿal Ḥammon, and their screams were even better. Carthage is painful and confused …
However, after the fire ceremony, Baʿal Ḥammon’s blessing not at all appeared, but the bad news kept coming: Daritos also surrendered to Dionia … It didn’t take long, except for Carthage, Africa Proconsularis 2nd largest Phoenicia city state-Utica also chose to surrender. As a result, another Dionian army (the 4th legion and Sicily Fleet Infantry) was able to reach the city of Carthage from the west through the coastal road on the west. At the same time, some of Sicily’s and 3rd Fleet ships sailed into Lake Bissé and Lake Tunes, moored at the simple dock built by the Dionian army in the camp (Carthage had opened the two lagoons and The traffic between the sea and the port was also built where the lake extended into the city), and Carthage has been completely surrounded by this, into an isolated desperate situation.
The reason why the seniors headed by Hanno have not made up their minds at this moment and fully accept the conditions of the negotiations of Dionia is because they have one last fluke: interference from Persia.
In fact, Tyre did respond to Carthage’s request and sent envoy to Babylon.
Persian King Artaxerxes was surprised when he learned that “Carthage was actually forced into a desperate situation by Dionia.” After considering another 3, he decided to send an envoy to the Western Mediterranean to learn more about the process of the war and explore Explore Dionia’s truth and reality, and learn the true attitude of this newly-emerged Greek kingdom to Persia.
The mediation of this war is only a secondary goal. After all, he has been in office for more than 20 years. He is very clear: Dionia has worked so hard to force the enemy into a desperate situation. How can it be because of a thousand li ’s own Just a few words to give up all the efforts made before, even more how Persia has never shown its power to this newly established country.
In mid-February, when the passenger ship Persian envoy entered the Carthage sea area, he was intercepted by the Dionia warship. Even if he claimed to be an envoy sent by the Persian King, he was still barred from entering the city of Carthage.
Persian envoy had to turn to King of Dionia and was taken to Lily.
Davos not at all wait slowly for Persian envoy, it is grand to meet with Ceremony.
However, since the Corinth war, not only the Greek overlord Sparta has relied on Persia’s support, but Greece, such as Athens, Corinth, and Thebes, have to rely on Persia’s breath. Persia has become the de facto overlord in the Eastern Mediterranean, so Greek city-state When Envoy arrives in Persia, in order to achieve their goals, they often bribe to please court officials at all levels, while Persian envoy enjoys high-standard hospitality throughout Greece.
But the Persia aristocrat, envoy, came to the Western Mediterranean with great ambitions, but was hit with a blow. Not only was the passenger ship hijacked, the request made was also rejected, and his heart was naturally frustrated. After seeing Davos, he saw The barbarian king neither wore a precious crown, nor a gorgeous robe, or even met himself in an ordinary living room. His heart was full of contempt, and before he said a few words, he commanded Mouth said to Davos: “Our sacred and honorable King is very concerned about the fighting between Dionia and Carthage. He hopes that the two sides will immediately stop the war, return their respective lands, and return to the state before the war began! Implementation, you will get Persia’s friendship, otherwise the consequences will be very serious, Dionia will not be able to bear it! “
Facing the arrogance of Persian envoy, Davos, who is almost 50 years old, has a deeper city. He did not ridicule Persian envoy as powerfully as he mocked Sparta envoy Fimpidas. He said in a calm tone: “You Persia can It ’s good to manage things well. You do n’t need to worry about the Western Mediterranean. ”
The two parties broke up, and even the banquet to be held after the meeting was cancelled.
On the second day, the passenger ship of the Persian envoy left Lily and was “escorted” all the way away from the western Mediterranean.
After Persian envoy returned to Babylon, he told Artaxerxes his “tragic encounter” in the Western Mediterranean and what King of Dionia asked him to bring to Persian King. The Persian King was angry and vowed in public that one day The worst punishment in the Kingdom of Dionia!
Carthage seniors have never waited for Persian’s news, but Dionian’s attack has kept them tight: The Dionian army has not sent soldiers to attack the city directly yet, but their ballista has been all in strikes on the city wall, and even Throwing fire cans into the city increases the panic among the people in the city; they also build a soil barrier higher than the city wall, dominate and attack the city’s garrison from a distance; Dionian is not only the army in attack, but its navy is also not idle, they Splicing several warships, laying wooden boards, placing ballista and abdominal bows on it, approaching the ports in the two lakes and attacking the defense facilities in the city … The Dionian army did not use its full strength, it was more like performing a sea and land cooperation attack City’s tactics, but Carthage who have never encountered such a desperate situation have felt a little breathless.
The siege lasted for more than 3 months. The Carthage, who had broken city walls, lacked drinking water, destroyed most of the city, and had extremely low morale, finally lowered his proud head and was forced to sign an extremely harsh armistice agreement with Dionian: Carthage acknowledged Sicily, Corsica , Sardinia under the rule of the Kingdom of Dionia;
Ceded the entire colonial city of Iberia to Dionia (excluding the new colonies that the Magonids family later conquered);
Carthage agreed to the annexation of the territory of Hardrumentum to the Kingdom of Dionia;
Carthage must not infringe on the interests of Dionia’s allies, East and West Numidia;
Carthage and Dionia restored peace and resumed trade, with a term of 20 years. Interest disputes occurred within the term and should be resolved through consultation between the two parties;
Allies of the parties to the agreement must not be violated within the time limit …
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Six months later, the island of Ortigia also surrendered due to food depletion. At this point, the war between Dionia and Carthage is over.