Hannibal's Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy by John Prevas

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Read Hannibal's Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy Online Free - According to ancient sources, Hannibal was only nine years old when his father dipped the small boy's hand in blood and made him swear eternal hatred of Rome. Whether the story is true or not, it is just one of hundreds of legends that have appeared over the centuries about this enigmatic military genius who challenged Rome for mastery of the ancient world.

In this new biography, historian John Prevas reveals the truth behind the myths of Hannibal's life, wars, and character— from his childhood in Carthage to his training in military camps in Spain, crossing of the Alps, spectacular victories in Italy, humiliating defeat in the North African desert, banishment from Carthage, and suicide. Hannibal's Oath is an epic account of a monumental figure in history.

Title : Hannibal's Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy
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ISBN : 0306824256
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Heidi rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

A fascinating and true study of Hannibal, one of ancient Rome's greatest enemies, a brilliant general and, according to John Prevas, a "larger-than-life action hero from the past." Prevas did the translations from period and later documents, historical research and traveled to the places where Han...

Vivian rated it ★★★★☆

June 25, 2017

Vincere scis, Hannibal, Victoria uti nescis. You know how to win, Hannibal, but not how to use victory. I love reading about history and war because it makes me feel better about how deplorably we as humans are doing, right now. There's something about the never-ending cavalcade of conquest, unbr...

Emma rated it ★★★★☆

September 21, 2017

Like many people, the total sum of my Hannibal related knowledge is that he undertook a journey over the Alps with a large, diverse army (including elephants) in order to stick it to Rome in their own back yard. After that, he won big a few times, then lost just as large. In a expertly researched...

BAM rated it ★★★☆☆

April 30, 2017

A big thank you to John Prevas, Da Capo Press, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. A legendary general, Hannibal led one of the most infamous invasions of ancient history, taking an army of mixed heritage over the Alps straight to Rome's doorstep. Reare...

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2017

4.5 STARS Great account of the rise and fall of Carthago. It is very well researched and contains a lot of original info i had never read before about Hannibal and this era in general. The author even disagrees with most historians in some passages, adding facts and sources he researched himself a...

Darcysmom rated it ★★★★☆

July 17, 2017

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. Hannibal's Oath is a well researched, very accessible biography of one of the most famous military leaders in western history. John Prevas has woven a strong narrative that doesn't waver from chapter to chapt...

Margaret rated it ★★★★☆

June 05, 2017

Prevas offers a solid, popular look at the career or Hannibal and his family, with special attention to the geography, which Prevas has considered carefully to make best guess about the calculated risk of the Alpine crossing and most likely locations of battles. The strength of this work is the b...

Beverly rated it ★★★★★

September 12, 2017

Hannibal has always been a favorite historical character. Few of the students in my history class have heard of him. I will recommend this book to them as it is an easy to read, interesting description of Hannibal and his never-ending quest to defeat Rome. This is a book for historians as well as...

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