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George Hill




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PostPosted: Thu 12 Mar, 2009 12:44 pm    Post subject: "Salting the Earth" of Carthage.         Reply with quote

OK, We've all heard how the Romans destroyed carthage and then 'Plowed salt into the earth so nothing would grow there again."

OK. I've heard it. You've heard it. Is it true?

Because.... if it is.... How the heck did the Romans themselves colonize the place afterwards?

To abandon your shield is the basest of crimes. - --Tacitus on Germania
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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Thu 12 Mar, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Short answer: "no"

http://www.romanarmytalk.com/rat/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=25007
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Nat Lamb




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PostPosted: Thu 12 Mar, 2009 4:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I thought they just balanced it out with some pepper, oregano, and a little bit of cumin....
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PostPosted: Fri 13 Mar, 2009 5:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Without having spesific reference, I have heard that the romans had a seremony/ritual called "Evictio", which where basically a ritual looting of a city's temples, after which the gods (in the shape of the idols from the temples) where removed from the site.

With anticent technology, just leveling a city would take a LOT of work.

"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
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