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Cannae: Hannibal's Greatest Victory Paperback – 16 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (16 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753822598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753822593
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 18.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I'm not sure how many of Goldsworthy's texts I own now, but it's at least 7 or 8. He's one of the preeminent Roman scholars about, and usefully, he's very good at writing about the Romans too. I've had this book for about 3 years, but only got around to reading it now, because it's now that I am writing about the battle of Cannae in my series of novels about the Second Punic War.

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.
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A most remarkable account of the Cannae Battle, but also about the facts that eventually led to it. You get a good overview of the First and Second Punic Wars and a masterly detailed description of the battle with many geographical, strategical and tactical considerations that slowly lead the writer to discover what might have happened more than 2.000 years ago in one of the most brutal and spectacular military conflicts human history has witnessed. At your disposal you will also find superb easy to follow colored maps showing how the battle developed. Roman and Carthaginian societies and especially their military machinery are also considered in this great book.

Very professionally written but easy to read at the same time, it has been a delight from the first to the last page.
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By A Customer on 24 April 2003
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This book is not for everyone but does have much to commend it. It's well written and thoroughly researched. Fairly academic so don't think it's what you'd call a light read.
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.
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Cannae by Adrian Goldsworthy is a fantastic analysis of Hannibal's famous victory over Rome. The build up, the battle itself and the aftermath are all examined. This is a great companion to Adrian Goldsworthy's book The Fall of Carthage.
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By MarkK TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2005
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As Adrian Goldsworthy states in the introduction to this book, reconstructing the battles of the ancient world is far more challenging than those of more recent times. The sources left to us of events are few and contradictory, often written to glorify particular individuals or illustrate key traits rather than to give precise details.
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.
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