The Battle of Cannae

During the Second Punic War, Lucius Aemilius Paullus was made consul a second time and served with Gaius Terentius Varro. He shared the command of the army with Varro at the Battle of Cannae. Varro led out the troops against the advice of Paullus and the battle became a crushing defeat for the Romans. Paullus died in the battle, while Varro managed to escape. The above image (open source) is of a painting now in the Yale University Art Gallery showing the death of Aemilius Paullus at the Battle of Cannae.

The Battle of Cannae in 216 BC is another example of an only-guys-die battlefield which is an indication of the existence of a predatory Gynocentric Division of Labor in this time period. The Roman army outnumbered the Carthaginians. The Romans were also better equipped than their opponents. Hannibal and his army already had two consecutive victories over the Roman legions at Trebia and Trasimene before the Battle of Cannae. Hannibal led his troops to the town of Cannae and camped along the river Aufidus. As the Roman legions approached Cannae, Hannibal sent his scout troops to attack the legions while they were still marching in column. The attack did not prevent the Romans from also camping along the Aufidus river. According to Livy, Hannibal established his camp in such a position that the wind blew constant dust in the Romans’ direction.

Varro and Paulus were frequently in disagreement about strategies and tactics. The daily transfer of absolute power from one consul to the other was one of the reasons for the Roman defeat at Cannae. Varro had the Roman Senate’s authority to march his army into the battle against Hannibal in spite of  the advice and counsel given to Varro by the more battle-experienced Paullus. On the day of Paullus’s command, the Roman army did not form up for battle since Pallus knew that he should not engage the Carthaginians in an open plain where the superior Carthaginian cavalry could cause unacceptable levels of Roman casualties. Despite this disadvantage, the following day, against the wishes of Paullus, Varro formed the Roman legions up for battle in what would become the greatest battlefield massacre of men and boys in recorded history.

This battlefield is proof of the existence of a predatory, Gynocentric Division of Labor that has existed since prehistoric times. Our Gynocentric Division of Labor is part of the malevolent social intelligence of Predatory Gynocentrism which has caused the needless deaths of millions of men and boys since primeval times. It has also caused needless male suffering when men and boys have had to do the backbreaking work, engage in the most dangerous occupations, and endure painful physical and psychological wounds on battlefields. One solution to end the needless male deaths and needless male suffering is for guys to start living Beyond Gynocentrism as described in our book, “Beyond Gynocentrism: How to Succeed in a Gynocentric Civilization.“

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According to Polybius, Rome did not grant each consul two legions each in the Second Carthaginian war. Eight legions instead of four were sent by Rome to confront Hannibal. The two consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro were helped at the Battle of Cannae by the previous year’s consuls, Marcus Atilius and Gnaeus Servilius. The Roman legions were also provided with an increased amount of 4000 to 5000 legionnaires each above the usual amount. About 1500 Roman cavalry and 4500 allied cavalry supported these legions. There was also lighter infantry present. Hannibal’s army included 40,000 infantry containing elements of Spanish, Celtic, and African troops, and 10,000 supporting cavalry as well as Spanish, Gallic, and Numidian regiments. Slingers and other infantry supported the Carthaginian army.

The videos below give you more information about the actual battlefield strategies and tactics utilized during the battle where the large-scale needless male deaths and needless male suffering took place. The Battle of Cannae is one of the worst instances of massive male physical and psychological butchering in human history. The highest estimate of the casualties is 72,000 Roman deaths and 10,000 Roman soldiers captured. The Carthaginians lost 8,000. This is only an estimate. The actual number of total deaths and wounded men and boys will probably never be known for sure.

The three male shepherd ruling elites Lucius Aemilius Paullus, Marcus Atilius, and Gnaeus Servilius were all killed at the Battle of Cannae, but no female ruling elites died at the Battle of Cannae. As described in our book, Beyond Gynocentrism: How to Succeed in a Gynocentric Civilization, since prehistoric times female ruling elites have always had access to more safety and security than male ruling elites which supports the gynocentric social hierarchy thesis. The fact that the Battle of Cannae was an only-guys-die battlefield also supports the idea of the existence of a predatory Gynocentric Division of Labor.

Video: The Battle of Cannae (215 B.C.E.)

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