The Classical Calendar: April 6
Julius Caesar defeats Scipio and Cato at Thapsus
Following the assassination of Pompey, those who remained in open opposition to Caesar reorganised in Africa.
Caesar moved to quell the opposition, but in a short period of time the Optimates had gathered some 40,000 troops to themselves. However, in early skirmishes before the battle proper two of the approximately eight legions had defected to Caesar’s forces.
Caesar surrounded Thapsus, attempting to capture the city in order to make it easier to gather reinforcements to himself from Sicily. The Optimates were forced into a full battle against Caesar’s forces.
Scipio escaped following the defeat, and a few months later committed suicide, having been defeated in a naval battle.
Cato on the other hand retreated to Utica, and committed suicide there before Caesar reached him.