Battle of Taenum

The Battle of Taenum was fought during the Social War between a Roman force under Lucius Iulius Caesar, a relative of the future triumvir, and a rebel force under Marius Egnatius.[1] When Caesar moved his 30,000 infantry and 5,000 cavalry through a defile he was ambushed and defeated by the rebels.[1] Much of Caesar s force was killed while the rest lost their weapons in the frantic retreat.[1] This victory offset the previous defeat at Acerrae for the rebels.[1][2] During the battle Caesar himself was sick, during the retreat he had to be evacuated on a litter.[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 (2017). The Gracchi, Marius and Sulla. Pinnacle Press. ISBN 978-1374894761.
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