Battle of Aesernia

The Battle of Aesernia took place in the year 90 BC during the Social War.[1] A force under Caius Ilius Caesar, father of the triumvir, was engaged while moving to relieve the siege of Aesernia and defeated by a rebel force under Titus Vettius Scato.[1][2] Orosius wrote that Caesar had to entirely rebuild his army with Gallic and African troops after the battle while Appian admits only 2,000 Roman dead.[1][2] As a result of their victory the rebels had enough spare forces to reinforce the army besieging Aesernia while another army took Venafrum.[1] It is also possible Venafrum joined the rebels.[2]


  1. Sampson, Gareth C. (2013). The collapse of Rome : Marius, Sulla and the first Civil War, 91-70 BC. Barnsley, South Yorkshire. ISBN 9781473826854. OCLC 893910287.
  2. Beesly, Augustus Henry (1889). The Gracchi, Marius, and Sulla. Epochs of Ancient History. London: Longmans, Green, and Co.

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