A Desert Robin Hood
Contributed by David Verne
Tacfarinas was a Berber tribesman from Numidia who served as a Roman auxiliary. After learning Roman tactics and strategy, he deserted and gathered a small band of robbers in the province of North Africa. Starting out by robbing travellers and raiding farms, they soon grew in size. Tacfarinas organized them into cohorts and equpped them like legionaries. The Roman garrisons failed to prevent the raids, and more rebels and tribesmen began to join him. Soon he had an army of 30,000 men, he wasn't an ancient version of Robin Hood anymore, he had become a rebel general threatening to take over North Africa. The Roman governor, Marcus Camillus, had only the 3rd Augusta legion to counter the threat. Managing to scrape together 10,000 soldiers, Tacfarinas believed that his superior numbers and Roman style of training would win and abandoned the hit and run tactics he had been using and prepared for open battle. Camillus wasn't a tactical genius, but he had a steady nerve. The Romans easily defeated the overconfident rebels, but Tacfarinas disappeared into the desert. The Senate awarded Camillus Triumphal Decorations.  
Ab Urbe Condita, Livy's history of Rome
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
This history of Rome was 142 volumes long, though only the first 45 volumes survived in their original for to modern day. The books covered everything from the legendary landing of Aeneas after the Trojan war and the city's founding by Romulus, up to Macedonian and other eastern wars taking place until 167 BC in the volumes we have today. And up to 9 BC in the volumes we lost, according to other ancient writings and abridged versions of his works.
- Dando-Collins, Stephen (2010). Legions of Rome. St. Martin's Press.
- Tacfarinas (2003).