By Dr. Pelham Mead

First draft, some chapters still to be completed Jan. 2023.

(THE TRUE LIFE STORY OF CENTURION MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVE, C)

ACT ONE- CAESAR’S SECOND INVASION OF BRITAIN 54 BC.

SCENE 1-EXT.-DAY-AT SEA OFF THE BRITISH COAST.

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Note: The scene opens with a fleet of Roman Ships off of the White Cliffs of Dover. Marcos Cassius Scaeva, CENTURION, is standing at the bow of the ship looking toward the huge white cliffs of Dover. The high waves are splashing over the sides of the ships. The skies are dark and cloudy.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA

Caesar decided to make a second attempt in 54 BC., at invading Britain, by building more ships to transport his tenth legion to cross the sea to the unknown island. I was on one of the ships in that crossing.

Caesar, look up there on the white cliffs, thousands of British tribes are waiting for us to land.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Take the ships further up the coast. There are too many British tribes waiting for us on the white cliffs. Perhaps we can outrun them up the coast?

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Caesar, we cannot bring the ships any closer to shore because of the shallow water, and sand bars. Our legionaries will have to get out of the ships, and wade onto shore under the hair of arrows from the Britons. Follow me men. I will lead you ashore.

LEGIONAIRE OF X LEGION

Follow CENTURION Scaeva, who is leading us. Let us follow this brave soul. We can wade into shore. Jump over the sides of the ship.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Scaeva is leading as usual. He is fearless. Once we get ashore, we will establish a beach front, and then set up a camp inland.

After Caesar’s troops land on the shore north of the Cliffs of Dover they all wade ashore from their ships in shallow water. Arrows in the sky are as thick as a flock of crows.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Finally, we are ashore. CENTURION Scaeva, you will stay, and defend the ships, and the landing area, while I take the legions inland to establish a camp.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

As you command Caesar. The tenth legion will protect the beach landing area at all costs.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Good. I know I can depend on you, Marcos. Come, let us march inland to set up a camp with a defensive perimeter. CENTURION Scaeva, you are in charge of the cohorts of the tenth legion to protect the beach and the ships at anchor.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Caesar leaves with a few legions, and marches inland. As soon as his legions disappear over the hill, hundreds of Briton tribes appear out of the forest, and attacked us  and the cohorts from the tenth legion.

BRITISH TRIBES

Attack, attack the Romans now.

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SCENE 2-EXT.-DAY-THE BEACH FRONT IN BRITAIN.

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LEGIONAIRE OF X LEGION

Britons. Alert we are being attacked from tribes coming out of the forest.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Form up your shields. Close up your ranks. Wait for my command to shoot your arrows. Legionaries set up your defensive wedge of shields. Ready archers. Fire.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION. 

Out of the woods thousands of crazed naked Briton tribesman came screaming and raising their spears over their heads. They are all wearing blue paint on their faces and were naked or just wearing a breech cloth. A hand to hand battle soon commenced. The Britons fired a volley of darts first.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Shields up, incoming darts. Close up your ranks. Here they come. Remember we fight for the glory of our General Caesar, and for Rome. Do not let them unnerve you. Cut them down. Use your spears first.

LEGIONAIRE OF X LEGION

Here they come.

Note: Wave after wave of Briton tribesman charged the few Roman Cohorts on the beach that day. Some were completely naked painted in blue paint. Others had animal heads as headdresses. Many used axes and spears instead of short swords.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Ahh, a spear just missed my helmet. I just stabbed a Briton with my spear into his abdomen, and damm it, the spear broke off. Now my shield is shredded from some many blocked attempts with British spears. The battle is not going well for us. Retreat back to the edge of the sea. Head back to the ships. Keep your shields up as you retreat. I will go for Caesar to return and protect the beach landing area.

(At that moment Marcos ran over the hill from the battle in the direction Caesar troops). Behind him were five Britons with spears. Marcos outran them for several mile without tiring. Finally, He came upon Caesar’s camp. The guards seeing Marcos running toward camp chased by five Britons fired arrows killing all five British tribesman. Marcos made it to the safety of Caesar’s Camp.

CAESAR’S GUARDS

Shoot the barbarians with arrows. They are chasing Legionnaire Scaeva. There we got all five of them. Dead as a stone.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

I need to speak to Caesar immediately.(Breathing Heavily from running the long distance from the beach).

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Marcos my fiend, what happened to your helmet, and shield?

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Caesar, as soon as your legions left the beach we were attacked by thousands of Britons. The numbers were too great for us. We had to retreat to the ships, and defend ourselves from there. I ran to warn you with five tribesman on my tail. You must summon your legions, and fall back to the beach to protect the ships. Forgive me for losing my equipment, it was a nasty battle.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

It is a miracle you were able to run so many miles without being killed. And look at you. You look like one hundred Briton had jumped on you, and you shook them loose. Fear not, you did well to retreat to protect the ships. Summon the troops we are headed back to the beach to save the ships and our remain cohorts.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Thank you Caesar.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I am promoting you to CENTURION of a higher grade, and rewarding you with enough denarii to make you rich. We must return now to the beach to protect our ships. I underestimated how many tribesman the Britons could muster. They are more formidable than my scouts have told me. Prepare to March to the beach. Good job CENTURION Scaeva.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

I would go on to serve with Caesar in the tenth legion throughout the Gallic wars. Caesar was a brilliant General who always was conning despite the odds in battle. I served the tenth legion as a CENTURION with great pride in many difficult battles against the hoards. I received a few small wounds in some of the battles, but was fortunate to survive, and accompany Caesar in the civil wars in pursuing Pompey to Greece. It was there that we faced an army of many legions that Pompey had recruited. Some estimate that Pompey had an army of 60,000 compared to Caesar’s legions of 30,000. My closest call with death occurred at the battle of Dyrrhadiium in Greece where fate would save my life despite the odds.

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SCENE 3-INT.-DAY-CROSSING THE RIVER THAMES, BRITAIN.

FADE IN:

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

As we marched inland the Briton tribes began to fall back and regroup. We came to the Thames river which was very deep, so we used small rafts made of trees to get to the other side. The current was very strong and I, and some Auxiliary troops were swept further down river to a small island. I was swept up on the shore of a small island with a few dozen Auxiliary Troops from Caesar’s Legions. Not knowing what to do, I drew my sword in case there were any Britons on the island or the opposite shore of the Thames river. The Prittans appeared in large numbers on the opposite shore from the island. Upon seeing them, the Auxiliary soldiers dove into the river and swam away from the Prittans out of fear. I called out the cowards, but they were spineless. Now, I was all alone on a small island surrounded by Prittan warriors. They began to swim across the river to kill me, but I cut them down as they exited the river. Right and left, I sliced the Prittans into pieces. They had wooden spears, and axes which were no match for my Roman short sword. Eventually, after I killed around a hundred Prittan warriors, their numbers were too many, so I dove into the river and swam in the direction of the current and the coward Auxiliary soldiers that abandoned me. Luckily, the Prittans did not follow me down the river. I escaped near death that day, and when I found the coward Auxiliary soldiers I reported them to their officers, and they received a severe public whipping for their cowardly acts.  When I was recruiting for Caesar’s army years later, I always retold my favorite story of being washed away in the Thames river and being surrounded by Briton warriors, out numbered, and abandoned by my fellow Auxiliary soldiers.

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ACT TWO-CROSSING THE RUBICON

SCENE 1-EXT.-DAY- RUBICON RIVER.

FADE IN:

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

I was there when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon river. Pompey had recruited legions in Hispania and was waiting for Caesar to move on Rome. We had marched for days to reach the Rubicon. We knew once we crossed the Rubicon toward Rome, we would have to fight Roman on Roman. Caesar chose his XIII Legion to return to Rome. With one legion he was able to return rapidly before the Roman Senate could prepare.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

We are finally here at the Rubicon.  ālea iacta est (“the die has been cast”). Pompey had assembled his legions, and we must move on Rome, even thought I only have one legion to do so.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Caesar dined with Sallust, Hirtius, Oppius, Lucius Balbus, and Sulpicus Rufus on the night after his famous crossing into Italy on 10 January.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Tonight comrades we celebrate our return to Rome, however unfavorable the conditions with Pompey in power.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Within the ranks we celebrated with wine for everyone. Their was an air of fear and excitement to be marching on Rome with only one Legion, the XIII.

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ACT THREE-ENTERING ROME

SCENE 1-EXT.-DAY- THE APPIAN WAY.

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FILL IN THE STORY OF CAESAR ENTERING ROME AND POMPEY   FLEEING

ACT FOUR- THE BATTLE OF DYRRHADIIUM JULY 10, 48 BC.

SCENE 1-EXT.-DAY- CAESAR’S FORT AT DYRRHADIIUM, GREECE.

FADE IN:

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Caesar was blocked from the sea by Pompey’s navy until he saw an opportunity to sneak seven legions across to Greece before Pompey’s navy was aware. Several Legions with Marc Anthony were left behind as Caesar pursued Pompey. The weather was rough, and I got sea sick, heaving over the side all I ate that day. When we reached the coast of Greece many of the legions were sea sick from the rough storms at sea. Caesar rested for a day and then had a forced march to beat Pompey to Dyrrhadiium.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Have the men build fortresses to encircle Pompey from foraging for fodder and food for his troops. It will take time, but we will block his troops off, and trap them against the sea despite the fact they outnumber us greatly.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA

Caesar had built fortresses completely surrounding Pompey’s army with his back to the sea. Pompey ran three engagements in one day to challenge Caesar. The 6th Legion in the middle of Caesars fort line was what Pompey sent four legions of 6,000 men against the 500 men of the 6th Legion. Gaius Volcatius Tullus was in charge. I was also in the 6th legion at the time.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVE, CENTURION

Dig as if you are going to hell. Caesar wants these fortress walls up as soon as possible. Dig, dig as if you were looking for water. Bring those trees over here so we can put them in the ground.

SOLDIER

How much more must we dig CENTURION Scaeve?

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVE, CENTURION

Until your arms fall off. If we do not set up a barrier against Pompey, he will overrun us with his huge army. We have only our fort defenses to equal the odds.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Lucius Minucius Basilus, you are to take charge of one cohort to defend against Pompey’s army. Stay here in the fort with your 500 men.

Note: Lucius was a veteran CENTURION that was called back from retirement by Caesar because of his leadership ability and fighting capability. He was a strong man with a short build, short hair and a long nose with many scars on his face and body. His skin was darker than most Romans and his piercing dark eyes suggested anger toward anyone who would oppose him.

LUCIUS MINUCIUS BASILS (33) SENIOR CENTURION

As you command Caesar.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Gaius Volcatius Tullus, you will take charge of three cohorts to defend against Pompey’s troops. I need not tell you that you will be outnumbered, and you must use your veteran legionnaires to take charge. Perhaps we will be able to out flank Pompey? Time will only tell. Go forward Volcantius, and make Roman proud.

GAIUS VOLCATIUS TULLUS (38) CENTURION

My men will make you proud Caesar. No matter the number of troops Pompey can throw at us, they are all green troops, and our veterans will make quick work of them in battle.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA

The next day CENTURION Tullus’s three cohorts faced five of Pompey’s Legions and fought bravely against 40,000 soldiers.

GAIUS VOLCATIUS TULLUS, CENTURION

Here they come men. Shields up. Form a defensive position to ward off the arrows. Incoming arrows. Duck behind your shields. Hold your line. Do not let the size of Pompey’s army scare you. If we are over-run Caesar will send reinforcements. Fight for Rome. Fight for your families.

SOLDIER

My God their numbers are limitless? How will we ever take down thousands of soldiers? As far as you can see on the field is Pompey’s troops in the thousands.

SOLDIER2

Here comes the first volley of arrows. Shields up. Look at all the soldiers, wave after wave.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA

Just then the sky became black with arrows sticking to the Legionaries shields or bouncing off. After many volleys of arrows, Pompey’s army of five Legions began to advance toward the three cohorts.  

SUPREMIUS GOSTOS (30) CENTURION

CENTURION Tullus, we are suffering many losses against overwhelming numbers of Pompey’s troops. What should we do?

GAIUS VOLCATIUS TULLUS, CENTURION

Hold the line. Caesar will send relief soon. I sent a messenger asking for help.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA

Many of the Centurions were killed or wounded after the first attack on the fort by Pompey. Pompey sent his five Legions against the fort in the middle of Caesar’s wall hoping to break through Caesar’s defenses. I fought most bravely that day.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVE, CENTURION

Our Centurions have all fallen. Follow me men. I will take the lead. Shields up. Do not be cowards in the face of the enemy.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA

Suddenly an arrow struck me in the eye. Blood gushed down his face making it difficult to see. The pain was unbearable, but I was so emotional at the time, I barely felt it. It was as if a mosquito had bitten me and I swatted it away.

By the Gods this arrow cannot stop me. Ahhh. I must pull it out. Oh the pain. Mars give me strength. I cannot stop the bleeding. Onward. Damm the blood is blocking my vision. I will cut these bastards down until I can no longer move. Keep on fighting men.

Just then Marcos kills three Pompey soldiers with his sword as they charge the line.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVE, CENTURION

Forward. Advance forward. Shields up. We can push them back. I am alright just one eye to focus. Keep fighting.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA

(Again an arrow found it’s mark in Marco’s neck). I continued fighting. God of Mars protect me. Damm, another arrow in my neck. The pain is unbearable. Thank the Gods I did not get hit in the throat.

SOLDIER

CENTURION Scaeve you are hit in the neck with an arrow.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVE, CENTURION

No matter. I am fine. Fight on men.

The arrows numbered in the hundreds on Scaeva’s shield. It looked more like a porcupine, than a shield. Hundreds of Pompey soldier’s bodies were piled up in front of CENTURION Scaeve.

LUCIUS DOCCIUS, LEGIONAIRE (22)

Follow CENTURION Scaeva’s example. Push forward. We are forcing Pompey’s green troops back. 

Another arrow hit CENTURION Scaeve in the knee this time.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVE, CENTURION

Another arrow. Ahhh, the pain. I cannot stand. Mars take me now. I have given all I can give. I hold my hand up high.

I fell to the ground from loss of blood, and the arrow in my knee causing him to bleed severely. As I dropped to one knee, I held my hand high. Seeing me drop to one knee with my hand held high, Pompey’s troops thought I was surrendering and stopped fighting momentarily.

CAESAR’S LEGIONNAIRE

Our leader CENTURION Scaeva has fallen. What are we to do?

Meanwhile in Pompey’s lines.

POMPEY LIEUTENANT

Look Caesar’s CENTURION has finally fallen. He is signally he is surrendering. Send two Legionaries to speak with him.

Two Legionaries from Pompey’s ride out to speak with the fallen CENTURION Marcos. The fighting stops momentarily.

POMPEY SOLDIER

Are you surrendering CENTURION. You fought bravely, but we outnumbered you.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Unfortunately for you I am not dead yet. Take this.

Marcos stabs one soldier in the neck and he drops to the ground dead. 

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

I am not ready to meet my maker yet.

Marcus swings his short sword and almost cuts the second soldier in half, slicing his arm off and running his blade down to his legs. He falls to the ground in two pieces as Marcos collapses. The fighting resumes.

CAESAR’S LEGIONNAIRE

Retrieve Marcus, and someone treat his wounds. He is bleeding to death. Fight on for our CENTURION Scaeve.

Two Legionaries drag Marcus back to safety in the fort. 

POMPEY, GENERAL

I cannot believe that CENTURION killed my men? He is a devil for sure. We must consider retreating back to the city. We cannot breach Caesar’s fort for his Legionaries are brave and crazy men.

Hours after.

PUBLUS CORNELIUS SULLA (32) CENTURION

Caesar has instructed me to relieve CENTURION Gostos’ three cohorts. They are outnumbered five to one. We will attack Pompey from the rear That way we will have Pompey trapped between two lines of attack. They will become cut off on a hill top from relief from the sea. Have the cavalry led us to quickly surprise Pompey’s troops. They will not be expecting us. Sound the trumpets. Charge.

GAIUS VOLCATIUS TULLUS, CENTURION

Here comes Caesars reinforcements under CENTURION Sulla. Fight on men. We have Pompey’s troops trapped on a hill top from the sea. The battle is turning in our favor finally. Welcome CENTURION Sulla. We were close to being defeated by the shear numbers of Pompey’s army. My veterans have held the line despite many losses. Thank the Gods you arrived in time.

Later on the Pompey front.

VALERIUS, THE SON OF LUCIUS FLACCUS (35), POMPEY’S ARMY.

I am hit. I cannot pull the arrow out of my neck. I cannot stop the bleeding. Mars watch over me. I cease to ..

POMPEY SOLDIER

Valerius has fallen. Retrieve his body and bring it to Pompey.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

The battle went on for Five days. Caesar’s cohorts held their position despite the overwhelming size of Pompey’s army. Caesar had on advantage in that his legionnaires were all veterans, and Pompey’s troops were green without any experience. I was recovering in a medical tent in the fort. My wounds were treated, and bandages applied. I went in and out of consciousness over the next five days. I lost my left eye.

POMPEY, GENERAL

We have been trapped for five days now with Caesar’s troops boxing us in. We must withdrawn tonight. My losses are many, in the thousands. Instruct the troops we are retreating to the sea tonight under the cover of darkness.

That night Pompey’s troops withdrew from their hill top position and fled to the sea.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCOSUL. 

Six engagements happened in one

day. When a count was made of the number slain 2,000 of Pompey’s troops were slain. Six military standards were taken. Of our men, not more than twenty were missing in all the action. In the fort, not a single soldier escaped without a wound; and in one cohort, four centurions lost their eyes. Our men fought bravely forcing Pompey’s troops back to the city.

Later that day Caesar reviews the damage to the fort the 8th Legion cohort defended.

LEGIONAIRE

Caesar if it were not for CENTURION Scaeve, we would have been overrun by Pompey. When all the Senior Centurions were killed or wounded, he stepped up, and led the counter-attack against Pompey’s troops. Here is his shield with 240 arrow holes in it. He took an arrow to his eye which he pulled out with his bare hands, and an arrow to his neck, and knee. Still he continued to fight on after losing a lot of blood.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Where is this brave CENTURION?

LEGIONAIRE

He is recovering in the medical tent Caesar. We managed to pull him to safety. Hundreds of Pompey’s soldiers were piled in front of him that he killed. There is no CENTURION braver in your army Caesar.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I must meet this hero. Take me to him.

Later Caesar enters the medical tent where CENTURION Scaeva is lying on a cot.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

My Generals tell me that not one legionaire in the fort escaped injury, and that thirty thousand of Pompeiian arrows struck inside the fort. You among many others stepped up, and replaced your CENTURION fellows, and led the charge against Pompey’s army. I am promoting you to Primus Pilus, first CENTURION, and you will lead Legio X Fretesis legion from now on. Recover soon CENTURION. You will be awarded two hundred thousand cooper Denarii coins, and all the legionaries in the fort will receive double pay for life, new clothing, and military honors. Thanks to your bravery we held the fort against five legions. Amazing. 

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Thank you Lord Caesar.

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SCENE 2-INT.-DAY-MIDSUMMER.

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MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Caesar, we caught two Gallic Auxiliary Generals stealing the pay for their troops. They escaped to Pompey’s camp however, before we could catch them.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Send ten cavalry men after them to stop them before they get to Pompey’s camp.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

I have already done so Caesar.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

They are dead men to me.

POMPEY SOLDIER

General two Gallic Auxiliary soldiers of Caesar have surrendered to you and wish to talk with you.

POMPEY, GENERAL

Send them in.

Meanwhile at Pompey’s camp.

ROUCILLUS (25) GALLIC AUXILIARY IN CAESAR’S ARMY

General Pompey I am Roucillus, and this is my brother Egus. We are the sons of Aduburillus, Chief of the Allobroges Tribe. We have served in Caesar’s Army for ten years.

General Pompey we surrender to you and bring news of Caesar’s wall weaknesses.

EGUS (26) GALLIC AUXILIARY N CAESAR’S ARMY

Forgive us General. We were caught stealing the pay from our fellow Auxiliary cavalry in Caesar’s army. We had to flee for our lives for surely Caesar would have killed us. We beg your protection in exchange for Caesar’s secrets.

POMPEY, GENERAL

What secrets do you speak of gentlemen?

ROUCILLUS, GALLIC AUXILIARY

Caesar’s wall has one weakness General. The portion of the wall that meets the sea is unfinished, and the backup wall is also unfinished, and unprotected. Caesar does not have any troops guarding the unfinished wall. If you take charge of this portion of the wall you will be able to flank Caesar’s army from that point.

POMPEY, GENERAL

So, there is an unfinished portion of Caesar’s wall by the sea? Very interesting. Let me talk with my Officers, and decide if it is advisable to attack the weak point in the wall. You can go for now. Guards take them to another tent and tie them up and place two guards on them. Call in my Officers. Gentlemen, I have information that Caesar’s southern wall near the sea is unfinished as well as the back up wall 200 meters behind it, and there are no guards to protect the unfinished wall. What do you think?

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SCENE 3-EXT.-DAY- POMPEY ATTACKS WITH SIX LEGIONS.

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MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Pompey mounted a frontal attack of six legions against Caesar’s line where it joined the sea, and where the IX legion was stationed. Pompey also sent some auxiliaries, and light infantry to attack by sea. 

Heavily outnumbering the Caesarian troops, and attacking them from the front and the rear, the Pompeian troops broke through the weakened fortifications, causing the Ninth to pull back from the onslaught with heavy losses. 

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL (30)

I have twelve cohorts under my command to counter-attack Pompey at our southern wall, Caesar.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Good Antony, take your 4,000 men and attach Pompey. It will never expect us to fight back.

The next Day Mark Antony attacked Pompey’s legions occupying the break in the southern wall.

POMPEY, GENERAL

Who is that on the horizon? Is Caesar’s troops really going to attack us? My troops outnumber them, yet they are still attacking us. Caesar is either brave or stupid. Warn the men. Form up your lines.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

We will attack Pompey straight on with our cavalry riding around the right to flank Pompey’s line. Forward, Men. Keep your shields close together. Expect them to send a volley of arrows to slow us down. Incoming arrows. Shields!

POMPEY, GENERAL

Ahh, it is Mark Antony, Caesar’s General attacking with twelve cohorts it looks like. Prepare for attack.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Pompey’s forces look to be disorganized. Perhaps our surprise attack has unsettled them? Forward men.

Hours later Mark Antony had secured the southern wall again but not for long. Pompey’s troops were too large in size to hold the southern wall.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

We have secured the southern wall, but Pompey’s troops are to many to defeat. I expect they will soon organize for a counter-attack.

POMPEY, GENERAL

While we hold this ground, I will order the troops to build a camp here south of Caesar’s walls. Five legions will protect the new camp here. I will send another legion to establish a camp between the break in Caesar’s defenses. This will spread out my attack line.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Send 33 cohorts to attack Pompey’s army which has set up a camp south of our wall.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Although the attack was initially successful, the Caesarian troops were outnumbered 2:1 and Pompey’s troops fought hard. Pompey sent a large force of infantry and 3,000 cavalry to outflank Caesar’s right wing. 

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Send a messenger to tell the troops on our right to stand firm when Pompey’s army attacks.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Caesar Pompey may be able to destroy our troops on the right line, and thereby flank our position. I suggest you tell the right wing to withdraw.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

You are right Mark Antony. I will summon the troops on the right to retreat.

CENTURION

Caesar has ordered us to retreat for Pompey’s forces greatly outnumber us. Retreat. Pull back now.

The Caesarian troops retreated, and panicked, and the retreat was a disordered rout.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

My counter attack has not worked. We must retreat. Centurions keep the men orderly in the retreat. They are panicking. 

Caesar had to retreat back to the protection of his forts to evade Pompey overrunning his troops.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVE, CENTURION

I was part of the retreat, and the coward Auxiliary troops in our midst ran like chickens until they got back to the safety of the forts. It was a shameful defeat. My heart was not in this fight where wee were so greatly outnumbered, but I will fight to the death for Caesar. I tried to stop the cowards but panic and fear had already set in and the majority of the 9th legion was in retreat. My wounds slowed me down greatly and my vision was not as great as when I had two eyes.

POMPEY, GENERAL

Tell the troops not to chase Caesars retreating troops. We need to regroup, and plan our attack. How many men did we lose today?  

POMPEY LIEUTENANT

We lost around 2,000 men General.

Elsewhere.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

It seems Pompey’s army is not pursuing our retreat. That is good. We will have time to march into Thessaly, and meet up with General Gnaeus Domitius Calvinus.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVE, CENTURION

After defeat at Dyrrhachium Caesar retreated into Thessaly with Pompey’s cavalry close on his heels. We marched all day and night to avoid Pompey’s troops. I rode in a wagon the whole way because I could not walk on my wounded knee. Caesar sent the baggage train ahead in the night so as not to slow down the army during the day. I was in that supply train sitting in a wagon bandaged up. It was a wise decision because we were able to stay ahead of Pompey’s cavalry which was chasing us.

Finally, we came upon the town of Gomphi, which fell easily when they realized Caesar’s army was about to destroy them. Here Caesar reunited with his General Gnaeus Domitius Calvinus and rested his army. I was still recovering from my wounds. My eye was lost to an arrow, and I had to wear an eye patch. My neck took a hit from an arrow. Luckily, the arrow just missed my throat. I also got an arrow in my knee. Caesar transported me during the retreat in a wagon. I lost a lot of blood, and was conscious and unconscious most of the time. It was the middle of summer and hotter than hell lying in a wagon bouncing around on irregular roads. My fellow Legionaries tell me that my shield had 240 arrow holes in it.

GNAEUS DOMITIUS CALVINUS (40) GENERAL

Caesar we must move forward and capture the town of Gomphi. Pompey’s army is not far behind us. I know that Pompey’s General Scripio Nasica would like nothing better than attacking us from the rear as we retreat.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Do not worry Domitius, I have a plan to take Pharsalus. My men  will need to rest and resupply

LEGIONAIRE

Caesar the mayor of Gomphi wishes to speak with you.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Send him in.

MAYOR OF GOMPHI (50)

Great Caesar I and my party of noblemen have come to surrender Gomphi to you and your army. We will open the gates for you and we beg you to spare our city and citizens from destruction.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I have no reason to destroy you city Mayor. I need only resupply my army with food and water so that we can continue onto Pharsalus.

MAYOR OF GOMPHI

Thank the Gods for that Great Caesar. We will gather up all the food and grain we can and fill containers with water for your army.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Good. We will enter the city but, we will not stay long. Pompey’s cavalry is not far behind us.

MAYOR OF GOMPHI

We will return to the city to prepare for your arrival.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

When we got to Gomphi the city gates were open and the supply train marched in and loaded up all the grain and food we could including water. It was the first time I had some bread to eat and a small portion of chicken. I had lost a great deal of blood and eaten nothing since the battle. Caesar instructed the supply train to again leave at night and travel all night to stay in front of his troops the next day. So that night we departed ahead of Caesars legions. Our destination was Pharsalus.

Meanwhile in Pompey’s camp. Pompey meets up with his father in law, General Scipio.

POMPEY, GENERAL

Scipio it is good to meet you. How many Legionaries do you have?

SCIPIO (40) POMPEY GENERAL

I bring 7,000 cavalry, and nine and a half legions, General Pompey. I also have numerous light armed auxiliaries.

FADE TO BLACK.

ACT FIVE-THE BATTLE OF PHARSALUS 9 AUGUST 48 BC.

SCENE 1-EXT.-DAY-CAESAR’S CAMP.

FADE IN:

GAIUS CRASTINUS (60) PRIMUS PILUS LEGIO X FRETENSIS

What is your plan Caesar against Pompey?

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I will engage Pompey’s troops at different locations so as to weaken his attacking strength. Gaius, I want you to attack Pompey’s army from our right wing. You will be outnumbered, but I want you to force Pompey to move his forces to confront your attack. Take what ever volunteers you want on this suicidal mission.

GAIUS VOLCATIUS TULLUS, CENTURION, PRIMUS PILIUS

Yes, Caesar. I will do as you command. Today, general, I shall earn your gratitude whether I live or die.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I am going to have General Publius Sulla lead the 10th legion on the extreme right of my line. In the middle will be General Domitius Calvinus with the 25, 25, and 29th legions. They are the least experience legions. General Mark Anthony will have the 7, 8, and 9th legions of the left wing of my line. General Fufius will guard the camp.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Caesar as you may well know the 9th legion is seriously depleted after losing the battle at Durres and the flu is running through all the legionnaires.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I am aware the 9th legion is at half strength. I am depending on you Mark Anthony to hold the line with the 7th and 8th legions.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

As you wish Caesar. My men will bring honor to you and Rome this day.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Generals, I want you to have men dig trenches 100 yards in front of your line at night to slow down the cavalry and troops in their attack.

In Pompey’s camp.

POMPEY, GENERAL

Caesar will dig trenches to slow down our cavalry and legionnaires. I want volunteers to creep out tonight under the fog and fill in as many trenches as they can.

GENERAL SCRIPTO

I will send our volunteers to fill the trenches.

POMPEY, GENERAL

Good. See to it. We cannot give Caesar any advantage. I will set up the 1st and the 15th legion opposite Caesar’s 10th legion on Caesar’s right wing. General Domitius Ahenodardus will lead that legion. General Labienus you will lead the 7,000 German cavalry around the flank of the 10th Legion and attack them from behind. General Scipio you will lead the 12 Italian Legions in the center of our line. General Lucius Lentulus you will have 600 slingers and the 4th and 6th legions will be behind you. General Afranius you will guard the camp with my son Gnaeus. You will have seven cohorts to guard the camp.

POMPEY’S GENERALS

Yes, General. We are ready.

POMPEY, GENERAL

My biggest concern is the green legionnaires we have that have never seen battle before. Caesar has many legions that are battle hardened and veterans of the Gallic wars.

FADE TO BLACK.

Later that day in Caesar’s camp.

FADE IN:

GAIUS VOLCATIUS TULLUS, CENTURION, PRIMUS PILIUS

I need volunteers to attack Pompey’s army from our right flank. Who will man up, and volunteer from the Tenth Legion? Good, I see many stepping forward. I see my good friend CENTURION Marcus Cassius Scaeve stepping up. Follow me, my old comrades, and give your general true service. Only this battle remains; when it’s over he will regain his dignity, and we our freedom. Gather the troops. We will march on Pompey this day.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

There is no other CENTURION as brave as Gaius Volcatius Tullus. I know he and his men will fight until Pompey retreats or face death is so doing.

GAIUS VOLCATIUS TULLUS, CENTURION, PRIMUS PILIUS

Centurions of the Tenth Legion assemble your men. We are marching on Pompey.

Follow me, my old comrades, and give your general true service. Only this battle remains; when it’s over he will regain his dignity and we our freedom.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

CENTURION Tullus, and I were good friends. We fought together in Gaul before he retired. When Caesar was recruiting more troops, Gaius returned to Caesar’s 10th Legion as Primus Pilus. He was a great CENTURION with the strength of ten men. We often played dice together in the camp. This time Caesar called on CENTURION Tullus to ask for 120 volunteers to join the 1st cohort of the 10th legion on the right of Caesar’s battle line.

FADE OUT.

Pompey’s troops greatly outnumbered CENTURION Tullus’ tenth legion by four to one. The Pompey legionaries seemed endless. Like ants swarming over food. Pompey’s army was only 450 yards away from Caesar’s line across a field of wheat.

FADE IN:

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Tell the third row of the 10th legion to lay down flat on the ground, and to await my call to charge. That way Pompey will think my right line is weak in numbers.

Meanwhile, Pompey sent his cavalry of 7,000 riders around Caesars right to attack the 10th legion from behind. Little did they know Caesar had a surprise for them.

POMPEY, GENERAL

General Labienus you will take the  7,000 German cavalry around Caesars 10th legion’s right flank and attack them from the rear, while we attack them from the front with out foot soldiers. Wait for my signal to attack.

GENERAL LABIENUS (50) POMPEY CAVALRY

As you command General Pompey. My German cavalry will ride over their faces.

POMPEY, GENERAL

Good. See to your men. Generals I want your men to hold the line no matter what. Caesar will probably charge our front line by charging over the 400 yard between the two armies. His men will be tired by the time they reach our men.

Back at Caesar’s 10th Legion on the right front line of Caesar’s army. Marcos is with CENTURION Tullus in the 120 1st cohort of volunteers.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

The Pompey troops are many today CENTURION Tullus. We will fight shield to shield, and break the Pompey troops. We are the chosen few through whom the foe would break. Unbrought by blood, this day will not be theirs. Charge. We have 400 yards or more to cover. Stay together as we charge across no man’s land.

Thousands of arrows and javelins filled the air. Many arrows landing on Caesar’s Tenth Legion as they struggled to hold their line against thousands of Pompey troops. CENTURION Tullus was running back and forth in the front of the line encouraging his men to go over the shields.

GAIUS VOLCATIUS TULLUS, CENTURION

Come on men. Do not let the numbers fool you. They are but boys. Push forward. Charge. Go over the shields. Break their line. Stop here to rest and regroup. We are about one hundred yards out now. Prepare for arrows. Shields.

Soon the two armies crash together thousands of legionnaires against thousands. I might thud sound could be heard across the wheat field of combat as the two armies crashed shield against shield.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

I am right behind you CENTURION Tullus. Here they come.

CENTURION Tullus ran back and forth in front of Pompey’s shields encouraging his men forward.

GAIUS VOLCATIUS TULLUS, CENTURION

Forward for Caesar and Rome. Charge.

Just then the Pompey shields opened and a spear appeared and was thrust into Tullus big mouth as he was shouting. It came out the back of his neck killing him instantly. The shields closed together after.

LEGIONAIRE

CENTURION Tullus is hit by a Javelin. He is dead. What are we to do?

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Fight on men. Caesar’s troops never quit. Shields lock in formation. Forward, together. CENTURION Tullus gave his lie. Honor him by holding the line. Charge.

As Caesar’s 10th Legion engaged Pompey’s troops on the right of Caesar’s line, Pompey’s General Labienus led 7,000 German cavalry around the right of the 10th legion to attack it from the rear.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Swing the second line around to face the cavalry flanking us on the right. Swing now. Keep your formation. Sound the trumpets.

Meanwhile, on the far right of the 10th Legion, General Labienus appears with 7,000 German Cavalrymen riding at a full gallop to surprise the 10th legion by attacking them from the rear, flanking the entire legion.

GENERAL LABIENUS

Follow me men. We will ride around the flank of the 10th Legion and attack them from behind. Ride fast.

Back at Caesar’s position.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Now is the time to drop the red flag and signal the third line of the 10th Legion to jump up and surprise Pompey’s cavalry.

CAESAR’S FLAG BEARER

The red flag is dropped Caesar.

Back at Caesar’s 10th Legion on the right of the front line.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

The red flag is down.  Third line of the 10th legion, stand up, and face the cavalry with your spears. Do not throw your spears. Use them to poke their eyes out and bring down their horses. Hold the line no matter what. Surprise, stand up and move forward.

GENERAL LABIENUS

What the hell? Where did those legionnaires come from? Ride on men.

POMPEY GERMAN CAVALRY

General, they are cutting us down with their spears. Some of our men are turning around only to stop our cavalry from riding forward. We are in trouble General.

GENERAL LABIENUS

Retreat. Recall the cavalry. Caesar had a hidden line of Legionaries.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA

As the German cavalry turned in confusion to avoid the spears of the third line of the 10th Legion the forward line of the 10th legion began to advance forward as panic set in on Pompey’s inexperienced troops. Caesar’s center line of the  25, 26 and 29 legions seeing the left wing of Pompey’s troops begin to retreat, swung to the right to help the 10th legion drive Pompey’s troops back.

FADE TO BLACK.

FADE IN:

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

We are pushing Pompey’s troops back on our right wing. The German cavalry is in full retreat. Our little surprise took it’s toll in German cavalry.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Look, Pompey’s troops are dropping their shields and running back to their camp on the mountain. Follow them and spare no one.

Pompey seeing the full scale retreat tried to stop his men but it was no use. He rode back to his tent. His generals all fled the battle field.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

The trumpet has sounded for Caesar’s 25, 26 and 29th legions to charge the collapsing Pompey 1st and 15 legions. Forward men. We have them on the run.

Pompey’s 1st and 15th legion began to collapse with Caesarian troops on three sides. Pompey’s legionaries dropped their shields and ran back to the camp on the hill. Pompey was no where to give orders and his Generals had also fled the battle field.

POMPEY LIEUTENANT

General we need to run. If they find you, they will kill you. Put on a plain cloak and let us ride out of here before it is too late.

POMPEY, GENERAL

I am confused. Why did my troops retreat like cowards? That damm Caesar surprise my cavalry flanking his right line. Who knew they were lying down waiting for our cavalry to jump up and surprise us. 7,000 good German Cavalry I had. Enough to take down any legionaire line. Damm those cowards. I never wanted to engage Caesar despite my greater numbers. I would have tried to starve him out. Now we have to run like children into the forest. Put me on my horse. I feel weak.

GENERAL LABIENUS

Hurray, General Pompey. We must ride.

GENERAL MARCUS FAVONIUS

General the enemy are in the camp. You must flee at once.

POMPEY, GENERAL

What? Into the very camp?

PHILIP (30) GREEK CHIEF SECRETARY

Here General. Get up and put on this plain robe. Leave your purple General’s robe on the bed.

GENERAL MARCUS FAVONIUS

Mount up General. We are riding to the town of Larisa in the north.

As Pompey’s Generals were riding out of the rear gate of the camp they headed up the road to the north. On the way they met 35 cavalrymen from Pompey’s legions. They join up and acted as a body guard for General Pompey.

GENERAL LABIENUS

Look up ahead. There are some of our cavalry on the road. It looks like stragglers from the German Cavalry. Draw your swords men.

GENERAL MARCUS FAVONIUS

Who are you? Identify yourself.

GERMAN CAVALRYMAN

Hold your swords General. We are from your German Cavalry legion and we are lost after retreating from the battlefield.

GENERAL LABIENUS

No matter. Join with us. We are escorting General Pompey the Great to the town of Larisa.

GERMAN CAVALRYMAN

General some of the 1st Legion and the 15th have survived by swinging around to the south in the night. Caesar is pursuing them with his legions. We must hurray.

Back in Pompey’s camp, Caesar regroups his legion to chase Pompey’s troops down.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Marc Anthony, assemble the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th legions. We are going after Pompey’s retreating troops.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Caesar there is a short cut of six miles we can take to cut off Pompey’s troops retreating over the mountains to Larisa.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Good. Assemble the legions and let us head for the short cut.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

No sooner after we had won the battle against Pompey’s 1st and 15th legion and his other legions then we had to reassemble and chase Pompey over the mountains to Larisa. We were exhausted from the day’s battle but excited to hunt down the cowards fleeing over the mountains. All I had to eat that day was some dried bread and a flagon of wine. Group up men. Caesar has called the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th legions to chase Pompey’s retreating troops over the mountains. Put your hunger and fatigue aside and muster strength to chase Pompey and bring an end to this war.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Tell the legions to move out Mark Anthony.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Sound the trumpets to move out.

The shortcut of six miles allowed Caesars four legions to catch up to Pompey’s retreating troops by late afternoon.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Marcus form up the legions for battle. Pompey’s troops are on the hill over there. Deploy some of the cohorts to dig a ditch along the river to prevent Pompey’s troops from reaching the water.

Later that afternoon Pompey’s troops realizing they were cut off from fresh water sent an emissary to talk peace talks with Caesar.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Caesar, Pompey’s troops have set an emissary to discus surrender. Should I let them talk to you?

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Yes, Marcus bring them to me under heavy guard. What have you to say for yourself Gentlemen? Tell your Generals and Pompey I will accept only an unconditional surrender.

POMPEY EMISSARY (30)

Thank you for listening to our plea to surrender Caesar. We will convey your message back to our Generals.

FADE TO BLACK.

ACT SIX -VICTORY ON AUGUST 10, 48 BC.

SCENE 1-EXT.-DAY- SURRENDER AND MUTINY

FADE IN:

The next day Pompey’s Troops came down from the Hill and surrendered their arms, and prostrated themselves on the ground and begged Caesar for mercy.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I will be merciful and spare your lives. Marc Anthony take the prisoners and have your Centurions tie them up and treat them leniently. Meanwhile, I will take the 10th legion and chase Pompey into Larisa.

Surprisingly, the 9th legion refused to march. They wanted the bonuses Caesar promised them and they wanted their overdue discharge.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Caesar we have a big problem. The legionnaires of the 10th legion refuse to march. They are holding out for their bonus pay you promised them and long overdue discharges.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

My legions are not going to blackmail me. I am absolutely livid. I am so angry I could spit blood.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

What are you going to do Caesar?

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I will begin by decimating the 10th legion as an example to the other three legions.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Caesar you cannot do this. You decimated the 9th legion last year and they have never forgotten it. If you decimate the 10th by killing every 10th man there will be a rebellion which you cannot control. Believe me the Hispanic legions are ready to desert now or destroy your camp in the process. We do not want Romans killing Romans.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Talk to the legions for me. I will give them one night to think about their actions and tomorrow I will announce my actions. Decimation is hanging over their heads.

FADE TO BLACK.

The next morning on August 12th, Caesar called an assembly.

In Caesar’s tent just before the assembly.

FADE IN:

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I will not stand in front of the 9th, 8th, or 7th Legions and beg for their cooperation. I will announce that I am sending the 9th, 8th, 7th and 10th legions back to Snipes with the Pompeian  prisoners. I am sorry to burden you with this service Mark Anthony, but you are the only person I can trust. Take the Legions back to Enipeus and keep the apart from one another. If my legions will not march for me then I will recruit legionnaires from Pompey’s troops. Come I will address the legions now.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Sound the trumpets for assembly. Caesar wishes to speak to the legions.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

We have won a great victory yesterday thanks to your bravery. Pompey’s troops have been captured or are on the run with their General. I am sending the 7th, 8th, 9th and the 10 legions back to Enipeus with the Pompeian captives. They will guard the captives on the way and in the prisoner camp at Enipeus. If my legions will not march for me then I will replace them with the 23,24 and 29th legions and I will recruit legionnaires from Pompey legionnaires. Eventually all four legions will travel with General Mark Anthony to Italy. You are dismissed.

Later on in Caesars tent.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Mark Anthony send a courier to the south and request that four legions replace the four rebelling legions by double time march. I want them here as soon as possible. I will chase Pompey with these legions and what ever I can recruit from the Pompey captives.

GENERAL QUINTUS CORNIFIUS (40) QUARTERMASTER 

We will need to search for replacement weapons in the Pompey camp for the newly recruited Legionnaires Caesar.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Yes, see to it General Cornifius. Also send Officers into the POW camp seeking volunteers. Offer them their freedom in twelve months and a bonus.

Caesar’s officers went throughout Pompey’s POW camp seeking volunteers to join Caesar’s nee 34th and 35th legions. The Pompey 6th Legion offered to volunteer with 900 men. They asked that they not be absorbed into another Legion, but be allowed to keep their 6th Legion standard. Caesar approved their request.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Caesar we have 900 legionnaires from Pompey’s soldiers of the 6th Legion volunteering to join you. They request only that you allow them to keep their 6th Legion standard.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Let it be so. I approve. How many other captives can we get to volunteer? I need to fill the 34th and 35th New legions before we march on Pompey.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

I am hurrying to Larisa to chase after Pompey. He took his German Cavalry with him and rode ahead of the four replacement Legions. On the way to Larisa, Caesar received a letter from Marcus Brutus, Senator who defected to Pompey’s side. Caesar considered Marcus Brutus to be almost a son to him since he was once romantically involved as a teenage with Marcus Brutus’ mother Servilia. She since remarried to another man as Marc Anthony was born. Marcus Brutus told Caesar in the letter that the City of Larisa would open their gates to him upon his arrival.

Several hours later, Caesar and his cavalry arrive at the city of Larisa and the gates are opened for him. There he reunited with Marcus Brutus.

MARCUS BRUTUS (37) ROMAN SENATOR

Welcome Caesar. Pompey had already left Larisa yesterday. He stopped only briefly and headed for Buthroton where his navy is anchored. He is probably headed to Egypt.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

Marcus I forgive you for joining with Pompey. How is your mother? Where the hell is Pompey?

MARCUS BRUTUS

I was not privilege to Pompey’s plans. Myself and the other Senators had to flee to Larisa on our own. I am glad you are here. I understand you soundly defeated Pompey on the battle field.

JULIUS CAESAR, PROCONSUL.

In that case I will stay the night and rest and take my cavalry and four legions back to my main camp. I have thousands of Pompey captives to deal with and four legions that want to be discharge and receive their bonus pay now. I am sending the four legions back to Italy with Marc Anthony where he will disband most of them.

FADE TO BLACK.

Meanwhile, on the shore of Buthroton, Pompey and his troops were preparing to depart on his navy to Tunisia.

FADE IN:

POMPEY, GENERAL

Generals, load up the ships so that we can depart at high tide for Tunisia. We will seek support from Roman troops stationed in the East and Egypt.

Pompey’s Generals and his remaining Army depart rapidly from the harbor of Buthroton headed east to Egypt. Meanwhile, Marc Anthony was able to seize enough ships to depart for Italy.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Tribunes, Generals, and Centurions load the four legions and Pompey captives on the ships. We are headed back to Italy.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

I was ashamed to be a CENTURION of the 10th legion after they mutinied against Caesar. I was richly rewarded and promoted from the 8th legion to the 10th legion as a first rank CENTURION. The only problem is that I was still recovering from my wounds at the battle of Pharsalarus. I was not in camp to talk to the leaders of the rebellion against Caesar, so it came as a surprise to me when I heard that the 10th legion refused to march. Perhaps if I had been in camp I could have discourage the leaders of the mutiny? Here we were crowding into Roman war ships headed back to Italy disgraced. Caesar can be a tough leader sometimes and he refuse to let the legions blackmail him into giving them the promised bonuses and also letting them retire and go home. Well, we are going home anyway but no with honors. The trip back to Italy took several days and the God’s were kind in keeping the sea calm.

When Marc Anthony returned to Brindisi with the Pompey captives and the four Hispanic legions.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

General Anthony what are you to do with the 10th Legion?

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

The 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th legions will march up the Appian way back to Rome. The Pompey captives 11th and 12 legions will be dispersed and returned home. I will send them overland to Illyricua. General Cornificius will carry out Gais Anthony’s failed campaign. Ready your cohorts CENTURION. We march within the hour.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

You know you have my full loyalty General Anthony and Caesar too. I have no complaint. I was recovering from wounds when the leaders of the mutiny were planning their revolt.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

I understand CENTURION Scaeva. I do not doubt your loyalty to Caesar and myself.

So four legions began the march across Italy to the Appian way to Rome.

LEGIONNAIRE OF THE 10TH LEGION

How strange it seems as we march up the Appian way returning from the war against Pompey, only to be held in waiting for Caesar to settle his score with Pompey?

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

We are going to set up camp in the field of Mars, just outside Rome. Give the orders when we get there.

After many days of forced marching the four disgraced legions reach Rome. The Pompey captives are all released to return to their home, but the legions are not dismissed.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

I wonder when Marc Anthony will award the bonuses and disband the four legions.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

Legions of Rome, I know you think now that we have returned home to Rome you will be given your bonuses and retirement along with land. I do not have the power to do that. Only Caesar can distribute the bonuses, order retirement and give out tracts of land and for now Caesar is still fighting Pompey in the East.

LEGIONNAIRE OF THE 10TH LEGION

Damm, that may mean another year or more until the battles are over.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

In the meantime, while you are camped outside Rome you will be made useful in building projects to keep you busy. When Caesar returns all scores will be settled.

FADE TO BLACK.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA

The four legions cooperated for several months but eventually without Caesar returning they lost their patience and looted the Rich family in Rome.

FADE IN:

ROMAN LEGIONNAIRE

General Anthony, the four legions 10th, 9th, 8th, and 7th, are sacking the city of Rome, and stealing everything from the rich families. You must do something to stop them.

MARK ANTONY, CAESAR’S GENERAL

The 7th legion has indicated to me that they wish to cooperate. Centurions place the 7th legion around the city to protect the wealthy families and Senators. If anyone is caught looting, kill them.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION 10TH LEGION

General Anthony, May I join the 7th Legion in protecting Rome from the other legions? You can depend on my loyalty.

MARCOS CASSIUS SCAEVA, CENTURION

Yes, take over the 7th Legion as first CENTURION, and stop this looting.

Later that day Marcos Cassius Scaeva leading the 7th Legion loyal to Mark Antony began to clean up the rebels in the city. A day later peace had returned to Rome.


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