Category Archives: Hannibal

Scipio Takes Command

Scipio was the man who finally beat Hannibal on the battlefield. Bronze bust of Scipio Africanus in the the Naples National Archaeological Museum (Inv. No. 5634), dated mid 1st century BC, from the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, modern … Continue reading

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What You Can Learn From Hannibal

1. Take the initiative, keep the initiative. This gave Hannibal a tremendous advantage. His enemy had constantly to try to guess his intention and defend himself against several alternative attacks. The enemy Roman consul was forever on the defensive, waiting, … Continue reading

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Hannibal’s Ingenious Trick

Everyone knows that Hannibal led an army with elephants over the Alps to attack Rome. That was one of the boldest and most colorful deeds in military (or any other) history. Hannibal’s Famous Crossing of the Alps (public domain photo) … Continue reading

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Hannibal’s Famous Vow

Hamilcar Barca, Hannibal’s father, went to check in with the priests at the temple just before setting out for Spain. His army was waiting for him in their ships at the port of Carthage. Ruins of the Ancient port of … Continue reading

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Hannibal and Fabius

The Romans were all soldiers and their effectiveness out in the field depended on their discipline. You often meet an enemy with a lot of spirit and bluster. The Gauls would stand up to a Roman maniple with the courage … Continue reading

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What Did Hannibal Look Like?

The Romans destroyed every last statue of their arch-enemy Hannibal. So all we have to go by are coins with his image minted in his time. Like this one: This is an ancient bust: Hellenistic Marble Bust of Hannibal, likely … Continue reading

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Castle in Spain

This is the tower of the Castle of Oreja. It can’t have long. Already in the eighteenth century a traveller wrote in his journal: “… any day now it will collapse.” The cracks in the walls are big enough to … Continue reading

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