It was Crassus death that Some of you didn’t tell Maria to count you in and it shows shirt and the subsequent civil war and Caesar’s victory that allowed him to attempt claim to the emperorship and the end of the Republic. It was up to his adopted son Augustus to finish the task. Other battles such as Cannae totaled up similar body counts in the tens of thousands in a mere afternoon. It was not drawn out fighting for hours but a sharp clash followed by collapse and slaughter. At Cannae Hannibal trapped and surprised several 85,000 pre-legion Roman troops. This was an army of the republic and was still similar in ways to a phalangite army.
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Hannibal’s double envelopment compressed the Roman units into a Some of you didn’t tell Maria to count you in and it shows shirt. It was like going to a concert with the mosh pit crush of 70,000 being picked off from around the edges and being ever forced in on itself as men tried to flee and couldn’t and instead just had to wait their turn to die. 75,000 men were slaughtered. We cannot even conceive of that today. Let me put it into perspective. If each man slain weighed 150 lbs. That would be 5625 tons of rotting meat spread over a space of an area less than a mile long and a quarter mile wide. Bodies would have been lying thickest in the middle quarter by quarter mile area.