The Romans destruction of Carthage after the Third Punic War erased any Carthaginian historical record of Hannibals life What we know of him comes exclusively from Roman historians who had every interest in minimizing his success, exaggerating his failures, and disparaging his character The charges leveled against Hannibal include greed, cruelty and atrocity, sexual indulgence, and even cannibalism But even these sources were forced to grudgingly admit to Hannibals military genius, if only to make their eventual victory over him appear greater.Yet there is no doubt that Hannibal was the greatest Carthaginian general of the Second Punic War When he did not defeat them outright, he fought to a standstill the best generals Rome produced, and he sustained his army in the field for sixteen long years without mutiny or desertion Hannibal was a first rate tactician, only a somewhat lesser strategist, and the greatest enemy Rome ever faced When he at last met defeat at the hands of the Roman general Scipio, it was against an experienced officer who had to strengthen and reconfigure the Roman legion and invent mobile tactics in order to succeed Even so, Scipios victory at Zama was against an army that was a shadow of its former self The battle could easily have gone the other way If it had, the history of the West would have been changed in ways that can only be imagined Richard A Gabriels brilliant new biography shows how Hannibals genius nearly unseated the Roman Empire....
|Title||:||Hannibal: The Military Biography of Rome's Greatest Enemy|
|Publisher||:||Potomac Books 1st Edition edition February 1, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||869 KB|
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Hannibal: The Military Biography of Rome's Greatest Enemy Reviews
This is more like 4.5 stars but I'll round up since Amazon won't let me give half-stars.
This is a well written book and most enjoyable. I was somewhat disappointed that it was not more of a traditional biography but it does not claim to be or aim to be so read as a military adventure story, it is well worth it and I guarantee most readers know very little of Hannibal's real life and the amazing things he accomplished in a 20+ year war against the rising Roman Empire.
Good book by Professor Gabriel on Hannibal, who won all his battles (except the next to last, Zama, and his last as a navel commander for King Prusias of Bithynia- Hannibal was a field commander, not a navel commander) and lost the war with Rome. Why does the adage "He who wins the battles, wins the war," not work for Hannibal in the Carthaginians Second Punic War against Rome?
This really breaks down, insofar as we can 2500 years later, what it would have been like in Hannibal's world. I appreciate the effort it takes to plausibly reconstruct 3rd century BC military doctrine, as well as the Carthaginian applications thereof.
This is a comprehensive guide to Hannibal's epic journey to Rome, and eventual escape from there. Historical accounts are only available from Romans about the General, and as much contempt as he was able to garner against himself, the man is still a legend.
Not strictly a biography from start to finish. Plenty of analysis and background information. Not just the what, but the how and why. And that's what being a historian is all about. The nature of both societies and armies, how they functioned, how they provisioned, how they marched, what weapons, what tactics, and so on. After reading this book I could tell anyone exactly why the outcome turned out the way it did