Timeline of War: 500-1 BCE: 2nd Punic War 219-202 BCE: Cannae 216 BCE
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The tactics of the Dictator, Fabius Maximus, did not appear to be working. So the year's new Consuls (Gaius Terentius Varro and Lucius Aemilius Paullus) raised new legions and marched off to join with the armies of Atilius Regulus and Servilius Geminus (the Consuls at the end of 217 had been made Proconsuls for 216).
This gave a troop concentration of effectively 4 Consular Armies, or 8 double legions - almost certainly the largest army ever assembled by Rome at the time. This must have given them a rush of blood to the head because they went looking for Hannibal . . . and found him near Cannae. Paullus advised caution. But it was officially Varro's day to command this mammoth army, and he lacked the experience to handle this duty.
Hannibal put his weaker Celts in the center of his line, and the firmer African phalanxes on the wings, with the vastly superior Carthaginian cavalry outside of them. As the Roman center pushed in the Celts, the Africans swung in on the sides. Once the Carthaginian cavalry had dismissed their Roman counterparts they returned and sealed the trap. Varro escaped the slaughter, Paullus was not so fortunate.
Panic ensued, and the Senate again elected a Dictator, this time Marcus Junius Pera with Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus as his Master of Horse.
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