The mutiny at Sucro occurred in 206 BC, during the Second Punic War.[1][2][3] A garrison of soldiers established in Iberia by Scipio Africanus grew dissatisfied with their pay, the division of plunder, the long duration of their military service, and shortages of supplies. Receiving word that Scipio was ill, the soldiers mutinied. Scipio recovered from his illness and negotiated with the men via a group of military tribunes, then quelled the uprising by arresting and executing its ringleaders. Afterward, Scipio reestablished and maintained the loyalty of his troops by ensuring they were properly paid and supplied.[1] Ancient writers including the Greek historian Polybius and the Roman historian Livy stressed the significance of the event, portraying Scipio favorably and praising his decisive actions while downplaying the question of whether the mutineers' complaints were justified.[1][4]

Sucro is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°9′50″N 0°15′6″W / 39.16389°N 0.25167°W / 39.16389; -0.25167
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
ComarcaRibera Baixa
Judicial districtSueca
2 m (7 ft)
Demonym(s)Cullerenc, cullerenca
Cullerà, cullerana
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Official language(s)Spanish
WebsiteOfficial website

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  1. ^ a b c Chrissanthos, Stefan G. (1997). "Scipio and the Mutiny at Sucro, 206 B.C." Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte. 46 (2): 172–184. ISSN 0018-2311. JSTOR 4436462.
  2. ^ del Hoyo, Toni Ñaco (2019). "Rethinking stipendiarius as tax terminology of the Roman Republic: Political and military dimensions". Museum Helveticum. 76 (1): 70–87. ISSN 0027-4054. JSTOR 26832005.
  3. ^ Aranita, Adrienne (January 2009). "A plague of madness: the contagion of mutiny in Livy 28.24-32". Acta Classica: Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa. 2009 (sup-3).
  4. ^ Messer, William Stuart (April 1920). "Mutiny in the Roman Army. The Republic". Classical Philology. 15 (2): 158–175. doi:10.1086/360277. ISSN 0009-837X. S2CID 162189303. Polybius, little given to the embellishment of minor incidents, devotes six chapters to this mutiny.

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