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Hannibal: Enemy of Rome [Paperback]

Leonard Cottrell
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1 Aug 1992
In the year 216 B.C., Hannibal of Carthage, faced with an opposing Roman army twice the size of his own, outwitted the enemy at Cannae by means of a strategy which has become a classic of its kind. As a result of his famous "double pincer" maneuver, 70,000 Roman soldiers died within the space of a few hours on a field the size of New York's Central Park. Yet, as devastating and startling as Cannae was, it was only one of a long list of incredible achievements. Hannibal's fantastic 1,000-mile march across the Alps from Spain to Italy was one of the wonders of ancient times. He began his hazardous journey with 90,000 infantry, 12,000 cavalry, and 37 elephants. By the time he reached the Valley of the Po, more than 30,000 troops and many of his elephants had perished, but he still managed to stay in Italy for sixteen years.Blending biography and military adventure, Hannibal is a portrait of a military genius who was also a highly civilized man. The son of Hamilcar Barca, a famous general in his own right, Hannibal was a student of the Greek classics. But his father's lifelong grudge against Rome fostered in the son a deep hatred for that Republic and a fierce determination to subdue it forever. This resulted in the bloody battles of Lake Trasimene, Campania, Nole, Capua, and Zama, all of which Leonard Cottrell describes with vigor and authority. In gathering material for Hannibal, Cottrell traveled the entire route that Hannibal took across the Alps, thus bringing to his account a valuable firsthand knowledge of his subject. With the drama and authenticity for which he is famous, Leonard Cottrell describes Hannibal's amazing campaign--a saga of victory after victory which fell just short of its ultimate goal: the annihilation of Rome.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc; New Ed edition (1 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306804980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306804984
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leonard Cottrell was a well-known archeologist, documentary producer, and author. His many books include The Bull of Minos and Lost Pharoahs

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The consul had encamped in the evening on the side of the lake just within the present Roman frontier, and on the Tuscan side of Passignano; he had made a forced march, and had arrived at his position so late that he could not examine the round before him. Read the first page
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable. 23 April 1998
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I read this book a few years ago and what I liked about it most was the authors ability to catch the reader in the momentum of the events that are taking place. Only the heartless are not hoping even in the face of this tragedy that Hannibal will win through and not be defeated. Also because the author is not writing what is to be a scholarly work he speculates in a manner which is very enjoyable making the book more readable. If you have never read anything about Hannibal but have always been interested I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy and enjoyable read. 4 Feb 1999
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This book is perfect for those who want detail, but not to the extreme. In an attempt to get a better understanding of Hannibal the author goes for his own trek across the alps (albiet he is driving and has no elephants). It is not a long read and is very well written. Ideal for those who need an introduction to Hannibal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story 5 Jan 2004
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Some of things that went on in the 2nd Punic war are amazing. This book gives some excellent detailed write-ups of the various battles fought and charts Hannibal's journey from Spain, over the Alps and all round Italy and finally back to Carthage. This is a thoroughly entertaining tale, giving plenty of detail without being a turgid academic tome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very readable narrative, on an amazing warrior 19 Mar 2013
This is a very readable narrative, on an amazing warrior that nearly brought Rome and its fledgling Empire to its knees permanently. There is great balance here where factual detail and pacing of the story, this then makes for a perfect mix for those who want facts, without slowing the pace. Hannibal is perhaps one the greatest strategists, and the author does a real fine job. As an introduction to Hannibal this perhaps the best book to begin with, well worthy of five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable 18 Feb 2013
By Jim
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Initially when I received this book I hadn't realised how old it was and from the preface I thought it was going to be more of a travel guide than a history. However - I was pleasantly surprised. As somebody who knew little about Roman or Carthaginian history I felt Cottrell's styled was perfectly judged in terms of detail. Although ultimately because of the limited source material the final chapters about Hannibals life after returning to Carthage appeared to be a bit short of detail.
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