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By Patrick N Hunt

one of many maximum commanders of the traditional international introduced vividly to lifestyles: Hannibal, the bright basic who effectively crossed the Alps together with his conflict elephants and taken Rome to its knees.

Hannibal Barca of Carthage, born 247 BC, used to be one of many nice generals of the traditional international. His father, Hamilcar, was once additionally an outstanding strategist and grasp tactician who imposed Carthaginian rule over a lot of present-day Spain. After Hamilcar led the Carthaginian forces opposed to Rome within the First Punic conflict, Hannibal in his father’s footsteps, major Carthage within the moment Punic War.

From the time he used to be undefined, Hannibal fought opposed to Rome. he's famed for top Carthage’s military throughout north Africa, into Spain, alongside the Mediterranean coast, after which crossing the Alps together with his military and battle elephants. Hannibal received victories in northern Italy by means of outmaneuvering his Roman adversaries and defeated a bigger Roman military on the conflict of Cannae in 216 BC. not able to strength Rome to capitulate, he was once finally pressured to go away Italy and go back to Carthage while a savvy Roman common named Scipio invaded north Africa. Hannibal and Scipio fought an epic conflict at Zama, which Hannibal misplaced. The phrases of quit have been harsh and plenty of Carthaginians blamed Hannibal, finally forcing him into exile until eventually his death.

To today Hannibal remains to be considered as an army genius. Napoleon, George Patton, and Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. are just many of the generals who studied and prominent him. His method and strategies are nonetheless taught in army academies. he's one of many figures of the traditional international whose existence and exploits by no means fail to provoke. Historian Patrick N. Hunt has led archeological expeditions within the Alps and in different places to check Hannibal’s achievements. Now he brings Hannibal’s tremendous tale to lifestyles during this riveting and dramatic book.

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