Cannae: Hannibal's Greatest Victory Paperback – 16 May 2007
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A renowned historian's account of one of the most important and influential battles of Antiquity
About the Author
Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan, the general Editor of The History of Warfare series, as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. His other books include THE FALL OF CARTHAGE, and the volume on Roman Warfare in John Keegan's Cassell History of Warfare series.
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Top Customer Reviews
The first 80 or so pages of the book fleshes out details of the history that led to this battle, and provides succinct accounts of the mid-Roman Republic, Carthage, and the armies of both civilisations. We're told about Hannibal and the Roman leaders he faced, the controversies surrounding the exact location of the battlefield, and then the juicy details of the battle. What I like about Goldsworthy is that where ever there is doubt about a detail or a moment in the battle, he says so, and then explains how and why he agrees or disagrees with it. Not all academics are this transparent, which leads to some readers making incorrect assumptions about what has been said.
There are plenty of good maps and diagrams of the battle, and a decent bibliography as well. In my opinion, this is an indispensable text for those who are interested in one of the bloodiest one day battles of all time. It's also very useful to have if wandering about the site of Canne della Battaglia, in Puglia, Italy, because it makes the site come alive. Five solid stars out of five.
Ben Kane, author of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome.
Very professionally written but easy to read at the same time, it has been a delight from the first to the last page.
It's an unusual book in focusing so tightly on a single battle but this laser point focus does allow the author to give the reader a level of insight that a wider view wouldn't. I was surprised at how much the book gave me a feel for general roman and carthaginian warfare and tactics which other books hadn't.
Well worth reading if you're prepared to study a bit.
Faced with such obstacles, Goldsworthy has done an impressive job of reconstructing the battle of Cannae for the reader. Using the works of ancient authors and archaeological findings, he illuminates the details of a legendary clash of the ancient world, making educated inferences where the evidence fails him. More than just an account of the maneuvers of the day of the battle, Goldsworthy provides the background to the Second Punic War, descriptions of the two armies, and an explanation for why Hannibal's great victory on the battlefield did not lead to Carthage's triumph in their war against Rome. For anyone seeking to learn more about this epic battle and is context, this is the book to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes as not a new product it wasn't in that bad condition other than the corner of the front cover which was bent over all in all not bad.Published on 27 Dec. 2013 by Russ G. Mills
This is the battle. The big one. Rome versus Hannibal. Outnumbered and outmatched he still manages to not only win but inflict a crippling defeat, obliterating the Roman army. Read morePublished on 3 April 2011 by Arch Stanton
Goldsworthy is an excellent author and this book was added to the collection of his work. Like before it was thoroughly enjoyable, easy to access and understand and most... Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2008 by Harry Flashman