A few very important events took place on this day in ancient history on this day in ancient history:
- 216 B.C. Hannibal defeated the Romans at Cannae. This was one of the worst Roman defeats ever.
- 47 B.C. Caesar defeated Pharnaces at Zela = "Veni, vidi, vici."
"On the day of the Gallic triumph, as [Caesar] was proceeding along the street called Velabrum, after narrowly escaping a fall from his chariot by the breaking of the axle-tree, he ascended the Capitol by torch-light, forty elephants  carrying torches on his right and left. Amongst the pageantry of the Pontic triumph, a tablet with this inscription was carried before him: I came, I saw, I conquered ; not signifying, as other mottos on the like occasion, what was done, so much as the dispatch with which it was done."
Suetonius Div Julius 37
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