Hannibal by Patrick N. Hunt

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Hannibal Barca of Carthage, born 247 BC, was one of the great generals of the ancient world. His father, Hamilcar, was also a great strategist and master tactician who imposed Carthaginian rule over much of present-day Spain. After Hamilcar led the Carthaginian forces against Rome in the First Punic War, Hannibal followed in his father’s footsteps, leading Carthage in the Second Punic War.

From the time he was a teenager, Hannibal fought against Rome. He is famed for leading Carthage’s army across north Africa, into Spain, along the Mediterranean coast, and then crossing the Alps with his army and war elephants. Hannibal won victories in northern Italy by outmaneuvering his Roman adversaries and defeated a larger Roman army at the battle of Cannae in 216 BC. Unable to force Rome to capitulate, he was eventually forced to leave Italy and return to Carthage when a savvy Roman general named Scipio invaded north Africa. Hannibal and Scipio fought an epic battle at Zama, which Hannibal lost. The terms of surrender were harsh and many Carthaginians blamed Hannibal, eventually forcing him into exile until his death.

To this day Hannibal is still regarded as a military genius. Napoleon, George Patton, and Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. are only some of the generals who studied and admired him. His strategy and tactics are still taught in military academies. He is one of the figures of the ancient world whose life and exploits never fail to impress. Historian Patrick N. Hunt has led archeological expeditions in the Alps and elsewhere to study Hannibal’s exploits. Now he brings Hannibal’s incredible story to life in this riveting and dramatic book.

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ISBN : 1439102171
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Louise rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

If you want to know about Hannibal Barca, this is a good place to start. Patrick Hunt tells the story in accessible prose. As an archeologist, he is able to fill in some blanks of a scant paper trail from his visits to the landmark sites. Hunt gives a sketch, and perhaps that is all that can be g...

Mark rated it ★★★★★

July 28, 2017

A fantastic read for anyone interested in history, Hannibal, and the Punic Wars. I particularly enjoyed the attention to detail regarding topography, the numbers and background of the troops involved in various campaigns, and the overarching social history as Punic and Roman civilizations clashed...

Donna rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2017

Hannibal was the first general to defeat the forces of Rome, and Hunt is the man qualified to tell us about it. I read my copy free and early thanks to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster. This book becomes available to the public July 11, 2017. Early history has never been my area of concentration,...

David rated it ★★★★☆

July 15, 2017

This is a good history for people who don't know a lot about the topic already. I feel I can say this from a position of authority because, when I started this book, my knowledge began and ended with the fact that this was that guy who brought elephants with this army over the Alps in the far dis...

L.P. rated it ★★★★☆

April 19, 2017

Awesome book if Hannibal is your thing. I found the writing style to be easy to read, yet not dumbed down so far that it becomes uncreditable. In truth, I enjoyed it. History fills me with joy.

Mark rated it ★★★☆☆

July 14, 2017

Hannibal Barca is regarded as one of the great military commanders of the Western world, a status which is a little surprising considering that he never actually defeated his great opponent Rome in a war. Part of this honor is undoubtedly due to his success in battle, as in a succession of victor...

David rated it ★★★★★

August 04, 2017

I have read many biographies dealing with the ancients, and Patrick Hunt’s study of Hannibal rates with the best of them. It is informative and entertaining but more importantly, it is thought provoking. Hunt covers the basics of Hannibal’s life, weaving in the information found in various ancien...

David rated it ★★★☆☆

June 13, 2017

Patrick N. Hunt’s recounting of the life and campaigns of Hannibal is the most comprehensive I’ve read to date. Hunt does well with consolidating various accounts into one main through-line of narrative, without sacrificing accuracy or detail. Hannibal is one of the ancient world’s most compellin...

Andrew rated it ★★★☆☆

July 15, 2017

Hannibal Barca This was an extremely easy, casual and accessible read. I adore Hannibal, he is probably one of my favorite historical figures. I had recently wrote two uni papers on Hannibal as a tactician and really enjoyed reliving his more prominent battles of Ticino, Trebia, Lake Trasimene an...

Max rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2017

I've taken two or three of Patrick Hunt's classes, including one on Hannibal. So I was eager to read this book when I heard about it. His enthusiasm for his subject clearly comes through, and he is thoroughly knowledgeable, having visited several of the key sites in the story and investigated Han...

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