Hannibal Summary ☆ 4

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One of the greatest commanders of the ancient world brought vividly to life Hannibal the brilliant general who successfully crossed the Alps with his war elephants and brought Rome to its kneesHannibal Barca of Carthage born 247 BC was one of the great generals of the ancient world His father Hamilcar was also a great strategist and master tactician who imposed Carthaginian rule over much of present day Spain After Hamilcar led the Carthaginian forces against Rome in the First Punic War Hannibal followed in his father’s footsteps leading Carthage in the Second Punic WarFrom the time he was a teenage. If you want to know about Hannibal Barca this is a good place to start Patrick Hunt tells the story in accessible prose As an archeologist he is able to fill in some blanks of a scant paper trail from his visits to the landmark sites Hunt gives a sketch and perhaps that is all that can be gathered Hannibal was raised in the military life with his father Hamilcar Carthage’s leading general He experienced loss when his father drowned in battle At age 26 when his brother in law lost his life in warfare Hannibal took the reins of Carthage’s armyHannibal used clever techniues such as stampeding cattle with wreaths of tinder fires in their horns and neutralizing the Italian peninsula by not making soldiers of the defeated armies prisoners but sending them home to tell everyone that his battle was with Rome and not with them He wisely used the gold he has extracted from SpainThe uestion of how Hannibal got over and down the Alps with maybe 30 elephants was not answered Instead two new uestions emerged One is that Hunt says elephants need 100 pounds of food a day and my impression is that the trek would have many days above the timber line where there would be scant grazing Another is that Hannibal is carrying a lot of silver Are the elephants hauling this load If so there is a greater need to keep the elephants on an unnatural for them course and the logistics of marching the elephants had to dominate the trek The elephants are not much mentioned and are almost forgotten until they emerge in the Battle of Metarus where they are uncontrollable and do damage to both sidesWith war there is politics There is the backdrop of politics of the Genrousia Carthage’s ruling body which is mercantile in orientation and gives both Hamilcar and Hannibal lukewarm support There is an interesting twist of history in the diplomatic missions of Rome and Carthage to Syphax King of the Massaesylians which includes the sad fate of Soponisba whom the Romans considered a spoil of warAs I finished the book I reflected “Did Hunt mention a wife” There was a mention of a mistress when his military situation became constrained Maybe he mentioned a wife somewhere maybe children The one personal thing you learn about Hannibal is his promise to his father made in a solemn vow to always hate Rome From this it is clear that Hannibal despite losing a war was a great tactician You can see why his leadership has been studied and respected by generals even into the modern age Hunt lays out the basic themes and uestions regarding Carthage’s loss Why didn’t Hannibal take on Rome when he was at his strongest How much responsibility for Hannibal’s failure should be placed on the Genrousia What if Hannibal never acted on his youthful oath and never crossed the AlpsThis is a good introduction to this phase of the Punic Wars

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HannibalR Hannibal fought against Rome He is famed for leading Carthage’s army across north Africa into Spain along the Mediterranean coast and then crossing the Alps with his army and war elephants Hannibal won victories in northern Italy by outmaneuvering his Roman adversaries and defeated a larger Roman army at the battle of Cannae in 216 BC Unable to force Rome to capitulate he was eventually forced to leave Italy and return to Carthage when a savvy Roman general named Scipio invaded north Africa Hannibal and Scipio fought an epic battle at Zama which Hannibal lost The terms of surrender were harsh and. A solid but unspectacular entry into the literature that documents Hannibal's life The prose is good and Hunt has some skill as a storyteller who can engage There's just nothing really outstanding or original here that recommends this over any other book on Hannibal and you're probably going to get out of less specific books Like O'Connell's Ghosts of Cannae that cover the same subject matterThe book's main failing is that it purports to be a biography of Hannibal and it just plain isn't Instead it's a military political history of the 2nd Punic War and one that gets details wrong Hunt has a line in there claiming that Hastati are light infantry who throw hastae spears This is because the primary source material simply doesn't exist to support a real in depth biography of Hannibal but rather than reckon with that authors keep trying I guess because HANNIBAL on the cover sells books and publishers like to sell booksIt's worth your time but if you're like me it'll leave you feeling no better off than you were before If you only have time for one book read the O'Connell instead

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Hannibal Summary ☆ 4 ´ One of the greatest commanders of the ancient world brought vividly to life Hannibal the brilliant general who successfully crossed the Alps with his war elephants and brought Rome to its kneesHannibal Barca of Carthage born 247 BC was one of the great generals of the ancient world His father Hamilcar was also a great strategist and maMany Carthaginians blamed Hannibal eventually forcing him into exile until his deathTo this day Hannibal is still regarded as a military genius Napoleon George Patton and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr are only some of the generals who studied and admired him His strategy and tactics are still taught in military academies He is one of the figures of the ancient world whose life and exploits never fail to impress Historian Patrick N Hunt has led archeological expeditions in the Alps and elsewhere to study Hannibal’s exploits Now he brings Hannibal’s incredible story to life in this riveting and dramatic boo. This is a good history for people who don't know a lot about the topic already I feel I can say this from a position of authority because when I started this book my knowledge began and ended with the fact that this was that guy who brought elephants with this army over the Alps in the far distant past I couldn't even have made a decent guess about when Hannibal livedNow I know that he arrived at a time when in retrospect Carthage's decline seemed irreversible Although Hannibal had shaky support from short sighted politicians he managed to go off to Carthage's colonies in today's Spain as a very young man and – after the early death of his father – raise organize and lead a ragtag army and elephants to the Italian peninsula There he spooked the hell out of Rome for a long time before he fell victim to Rome's ability to learn from its own mistakes Rome tried attacking him head on and got whipped A Roman leader named Fabius said “Hey let's try not attacking him head on – let's avoid contact and weaken his supply lines” Hannibal stomped around rural Italy for than a decade trying to provoke the Romans into a conventional attack He failed His allies denied plunder abandoned him He hung on for a long time as things got worse but eventually abandoned the effort and headed home where Rome smashed his homeland Hannibal had an especially interesting post Roman life as a high profile refugeeoutlaw That's a lot of knowledge to get out of a bookThis book gets a solid B for using language which does not drive the non expert to the Kindle dictionary function Still there were occasions when terminology could have used some explaining specifically montane Kindle location 517 missif l 865 debouch l 959 uinuiremes l 1373 euites l 2406 suffete used first at l 2407 but not explained until l 3962 berms l 2617 impertum l 2657 no adeuate definition available online for this usage and grisaille l 3470When those nice publishers send me and others like me a free electronic copy of books they often tell us NOT to mention errors of spelling punctuation and so forth The publishers say they will be dealt with before publication OK but please indulge me when I point out that the author who has written a good book and also seems to lead a completely cool and enviable life try Googling him has twice l 1200 and 1221 in a portion of the book sub headed “A Grim Object Lesson” referred to “abject lessons” which is just wrong This may be a “damn you autocorrect” sort of mistake but it's also not a mistake an electronic spell checker will catch You need a human being Do you have one If so my apologies for hectoring you needlesslyThanks to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for a free electronic advance review copy of this book