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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (5 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752441213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752441214
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Stephenson is the author of many books on military history, including Roman Infantry Equipment, Romano-Byzantine Military Equipment, The Late Anglo-Saxon Army, The Anglo-Saxon Shield and (with Pat Southern) Roman Cavalry Equipment. Ian Stephenson lives in Reading.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mc Dunstan on 20 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Right, this has more substance than Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 264-146 B.C by Wise, though not as good illustrations. It does have photographs of the equipment too. What I found to my distaste however, was his assessment of Hannibal's generalship. He spends most of the time belittling every achievement of Hannibal's, even going so far as saying Cannae wasn't very good either, that it had been done before (I'm sorry, the Phalanx at Marathon was too immobile to make the same maneuver) that he had already tried it twice and it failed (ever thought that's where he got the idea for Cannae?) while his hero worship of Scipio Africanus is clear to see with his words like brilliant every-time he does something - he even goes as far as removing about 15,000 men from Scipio's army to make him look like he had about half of what Hannibal had at Zama, which is ridiculous (Hannibal had somewhere between 45-50,000 men, Scipio about 43,000). Scipio was a great general, but I wouldn't class him higher than Hannibal, or lower - their circumstances were entirely different. I feel the author's goal here for writing about Hannibal was no interest in the Carthaginian himself, who he obviously thinks as glamorous and rubbish, but just a place so he can get out his feelings on this matter. Not to mention his actual look at the army, which is meandering at best. Oh well...

If you want to know about Hannibal's army, the best book I've read on the subject is by Gregory Daly in his book Cannae.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By amateur historian on 9 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
This was a bit dry and academic. I also own the Osprey title on the Cathaginian Wars and unless you are a dedicated historian that is probably the better buy. There is a very intereesting chapter on the recruitment of Hannibal's army but most of the other material has been covered elsewhere. In my opinion the artwork and photographs were of poor quality and nowhere near the standard set by Osprey.
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