Battle of Cantenna

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Battle of Cantenna
Part of the Third Servile War
Location Lucania
Result Decisive Roman Victory
Roman Republic Army of escaped slaves
Commanders and leaders
Marcus Licinius Crassus, Quintus Marcius Rufus, and Lucius Pomptinus Gannicus and Castus 
2 Legions
6000 Legionaries

The Battle of Cantenna was one of the last battles of the Third Servile War, and took place in Lucania in 71 BC.[1][2]

Gannicus and Castus, the leaders of the rebellious force, were killed in battle by Roman soldiers under the command of Marcus Licinius Crassus. Crassus deployed two of his commanders: Quintus Marcius Rufus and Lucius Pomptinus and a portion of his legions to fight the rebels.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Strauss, Barry, The Spartacus War, 2009, pp. 163-166.
  2. ^ Frontinus, Strategems, quoted in Shaw, Brent D., Spartacus and the Slave Wars, 2001, pp. 157-158.