Battle of Acerrae

The Battle of Acerrae was fought during the Social War between Roman forces under Lucius Julius Caesar, not to be confused with the triumvir, and rebel forces under Caius Papius Mutilus.[1] Caesar, having recently lost almost is entire force in a spectacular defeat near Aesernia, had a force consisting of Gallic and Mauritanian and Numidian forces.[1] When Papius brought forward Oxynta, a son of the former king of Numidia, Jugurtha, many of Caesar’s Numidian troops switched sides, Caesar having to sent away the rest to prevent further desertion.[1][2] When Papius attacked Caesar’s fortified camp Caesar charged out through another gate with his cavalry, falling on the exposed rebel force,[1] he killed 6,000 men, a large portion of the enemy force.[1][2] This was the first Roman victory of the Social War but was probably pyrrhic in nature.[1][2] As a number of Italian communities in the region joined the rebels around this time and Caesar lost his Numidian troops he was forced to withdraw and even cede territory to Papius soon after the battle.[1]


  1. Sampson, Gareth C.,. The collapse of Rome : Marius, Sulla and the first Civil War, 91-70 BC. Barnsley, South Yorkshire. ISBN 9781473826854. OCLC 893910287.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. A. H. Beesley (2015). The Gracchi, Marius, and Sulla. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1507615829.
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