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BR02 Gela (405 BC)

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GELA - 405 BC

Carthaginian vs Syracusan

Historical Background
The Battle of Gela took place in the summer of 405 BC in Sicily. The Carthaginian army under Himilco (a member of the Magonid family and kinsman of Hannibal Mago), which had spent the winter and spring in the captured city of Akragas, marched to confront the Greeks at Gela. The Syracuse government had deposed Daphnaeus, the unsuccessful general of the Greek army at Akragas, with Dionysius, another officer who had been a follower of Hermocrates. Dionysius schemed and gained full dictatorial powers. When the Carthaginians advanced on Gela and put the town under siege, Dionysius marched from Syracuse to confront the threat. He planned to use a complex three prong attack plan against the Carthaginians, which failed due to lack of proper coordination. Dionysius chose to evacuate Gela, as the defeat caused discontent in Syracuse and he did not wish to lose his power. Himilco sacked the abandoned city after the Greeks had fled to Camarina.
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War Council

Carthaginian Army
Leader: Himilco
Take 6 command cards

Syracusan Army
Leader: Dionysus
Take 4 command cards
Move First

Victory
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Special Rules
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Tags: Benedetto Giovanni Roselli, 7 banners, Carthage, Syracuse

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