Hannibal barca inflicted one of the worst defeats ever suffered by the roman army at the battle of cannae nearly 70,000 men were killed in the heart of italy by hannibal’s much smaller army. Hannibal (or hannibal barca) was the leader of the military forces of carthage that fought against rome in the second punic war hannibal, who almost overpowered rome, was considered rome's greatest enemy. Rome's nemesis according to ancient sources, hannibal was only nine years old when his father dipped the boy's hand in blood and made him swear eternal hatred of rome.
Hannibal excited, frightened and – once safely dead – drew reluctant admiration from the romans they accused him of treachery, cruelty, greed and unreasoning hatred at the same time they recognised his inspired leadership, military genius, and tireless resourcefulness. Hannibal was a first-rate tactician, only a somewhat lesser strategist, and the greatest enemy rome ever faced when he at last met defeat at the hands of the roman general scipio, it was against an experienced officer who had to strengthen and reconfigure the roman legion and invent mobile tactics in order to succeed. Hannibal was a carthaginian general who fought against rome during the second punic war his name became synonymous with inciting fear, and to this day he is considered one of the greatest military leaders of all time.
Buy hannibal: the military biography of rome's greatest enemy by richard a gabriel (isbn: 0884732211787) from amazon's book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Hannibal, however, was elected civilian leader (sufete) of carthage in 196 and reformed the city's corrupt politics and finances, then was forced into exile by his enemies with rome's connivance after years in the hellenistic greek east, he took poison to avoid being seized by his unforgiving roman foes. A fascinating and true study of hannibal, one of ancient rome's greatest enemies, a brilliant general and, according to john prevas, a larger-than-life action hero from the past prevas did the translations from period and later documents, historical research and traveled to the places where hannibal went, to create one of the most insightful. Hannibal rome's greatest enemy dexter hoyos liverpool university press hannibal's enduring reputation as a man and as a general is due to his enemies' fascination with him. They considered him the greatest enemy rome had ever faced livy gives us the idea that hannibal was extremely cruel even cicero , when he talked of rome and its two great enemies, spoke of the honourable pyrrhus and the cruel hannibal.
He fought the best generals rome produced to a standstill, when he did not defeat them outright, and sustained his army in the field for sixteen long years without mutiny or desertionhannibal was a first-rate tactician, only a somewhat lesser strategist, and the greatest enemy rome ever facedwhen he at last met defeat at the hands of the. The 3rd century bc hannibal the carthaginian attempts the impossible, crossing the alps with his mercenary army, elephants and all his target and nemesis is the romain republic driven by honour and glory, obsessed by his duty to his homeland and his father, hannibal’s deeply personal struggle. Hannibal : rome's greatest enemy [b d hoyos] -- from the publisher: hannibal's enduring reputation as a man and as a general is due to his enemies' fascination with him the way his legend was shaped in the greek and roman consciousness is one of. Hannibal was a carthaginian general who fought against rome during the second punic war his name became synonymous with inciting fear, and to this day he is considered one of the greatest.
Hannibal's enduring reputation as a man and as a general is due to his enemies' fascination with him the issue of whether he might indeed have changed history had he postponed conflict with rome and read more. Hannibal was a punic carthaginian military commander, reputed to be one of the greatest in history and even a better tactician hannibal lived in a time of great friction in the mediterranean where the roman republic dominated macedon, syracuse and the seleucid empire. Hannibal barca was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world and came close to destroying rome long before it became an empire he was born in carthage in 247 bc and his father, hamilcar, was one of the leading generals in the first punic war.
Hannibal’s enduring reputation as a man and as a general is due to his enemies’ fascination with him the way his legend was shaped in the greek and roman consciousness is one of the book’s main themes under hannibal’s leadership, carthage came close to dominating the western mediterranean. Any biography, old or new, of hannibal barca is problematic there are no carthaginian textual sources on the famous general, archeological evidence (although fairly plentiful) does not give direct information on the man or his life, and the two major roman sources have been examined from every. Hannibal: the military biography of rome's greatest enemy and over 15 million other books are available for amazon kindle learn more. He was the greatest enemy of the roman republic hannibal is most famous for what he did in the second punic war he marched an army from iberia over the pyrenees mountains and the alps mountains into northern italy and defeated the romans in a series of battles.