Xanthippus is credited with the Carthaginian formation, cavalry split between the two wings, mercenary infantry on their right, with a hastily raised phalanx of civilians in the centre and a line of elephants in front of the infantry, which defeated the Romans formed in their normal formation, with the outnumbered cavalry on the wings and legionary infantry in the centre.
By using his elephants to disrupt the Roman formation and then to flank them with horse and missile cavalry, Xanthippus was able to achieve a total victory, with barely two thousand Romans escaping.
This Carthaginian victory enabled them to continue fighting for a further fourteen years but for Xanthippus it was the end of his participation in the war as, being aware of the threat of assassination posed by the jealous Carthaginian nobility, he left the west and is thought to have served in Egypt under the Ptolemies.
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