Anachronism in Curtius Rufus

Mon Aug 10 10:03:04 2009
Quintus Curtius Rufus was a Roman historian writing in Latin in the first century CE. He is our only source that mentions that the Macedonians had equipped themselves with axes and copides (a curved sword) before the battle, but failed to employ them against the elephants until very late in the day. Why would they wait so long? Or is this an anachronism as Julius Caesar used this tactic at Battle of Thapsus in 49 BC?

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~ by severalfourmany on August 10, 2009.

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