Hannibal: A History of the Art of War Among the Carthaginians and Romans Down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B.C., With a Detailed Account of the Second Punic Warby Theodore Ayrault Dodge
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Hannibal was one of the greatest military commanders in history. During the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage, he led a ragtag army out of Iberia, on an epic march over the Pyrenees and Alps, and down into northern Italy. There he won three dramatic victories – at Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae – and utterly humiliated the young Roman Republic. For the next fifteen years he continued to occupy parts of Italy, and inflicted many more stinging defeats on Roman armies, despite a chronic lack of supplies and support from Carthage.
Theodore Ayrault Dodge's classic history of Hannibal was first published in 1891, as part of his “Great Captains” series. The author, an experienced military officer and historian, follows the great march of Hannibal's army, reconstructs all of his battles based on personal observation of the battlefields, and explains his lasting impact on the art of war. “Hannibal” remains unequaled as the most comprehensive and readable study of one of history's great generals. This ebook edition includes an active table of contents, reflowable text, and over 200 campaign maps, battle diagrams, and illustrations.
Table of Contents:
• I. Carthage, 900–200 B.C.
• II. The Punic Army and Navy, 600–200 B.C.
• III. Carthaginian Wars, 480–277 B.C.
• IV. The Early Army of Rome, 600–350 B.C.
• V. The Roman Army of the Third Century
• VI. Rank and Discipline – Equipment and Rations
• VII. Fortification – Camp Duty – War
• VIII. Early Roman Wars, 400–272 B.C.
• IX. The First Punic War – The Roman Navy – Hamilcar Barca, 264–218 B.C.
• X. The Lion’s Brood, 241–220 B.C.
• XI. Saguntum, Spring to Fall, 219 B.C.
• XII. Hannibal Starts for Italy, May 218 B.C.
• XIII. Catalonia, July and August, 218 B.C.
• XIV. From the Rhone to the Alps, Fall 218 B.C.
• XV. The Foothills of the Alps, October 218 B.C.
• XVI. The Summit of the Alps, October 218 B.C.
• XVII. The Army of Italy on the Po, November 213 B.C.
• XVIII. Manœuvring. November and December, 218 B.C.
• XIX. The Battle of the Trebia, December 218 B.C.
• XX. The Arnus Marshes, Spring 217 B.C.
• XXI. A Flanking Manœuvre. Spring 217 B.C.
• XXII. The Battle of Lake Trasimene, April 217 B.C.
• XIII. Fabius Cunctator, Summer 217 B.C.
• XXIV. A Curious Stratagem, Fall 217 B.C.
• XXV. Minucius, Fall 217 B.C.
• XXVI. Æmilius Paulus and Varro, Spring 216 B.C.
• XXVII. The Battle of Cannæ. June 216 B.C.
• XXVIII. After Cannæ. Summer 216 B.C.
• XXIX. Marcellus. Fall 216 B.C.
• XXX. Campania. 215 B.C.
• XXXI. Making a New Base. 214 B.C.
• XXXII. Tarentum Won. 213 B.C.
• XXXIII. A Wonderful March. 212 B.C.
• XXXIV. Capua. 211 B.C.
• XXXV. Another Roman Army Destroyed. 210 B.C.
• XXXVI. Tarentum Lost. 209 B.C.
• XXXVII. Marcellus’ Death. 208 B.C.
• XXXVIII. Hasdrubal and Nero. 207 B.C.
• XXXIX. The Metaurus Campaign. Summer 207 B.C.
• XL. Scipio. 206–205 B.C.
• XLI. On To Carthage. 204–203 B.C.
• XLII. Zama. Spring 202 B.C.
• XLIII. The Man and Soldier
• XLIV. Hannibal and Alexander
• XLV. Legion versus Phalanx. 197–168 B.C.
• Appendix A
• Appendix B
• Table of Dates
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Meet the Author
Theodore Ayrault Dodge was one of the foremost American military historians of the nineteenth century. His experience as a Union officer in the American Civil War – he lost his right leg at the Battle of Gettysburg – gave him insights into both the strategic and day-to-day realities of war that are missing in many other historians. His books include Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Napoleon, The Campaign of Chancellorsville, and A Bird's Eye View of Our Civil War.
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You may wonder why am am saying here and now that you can read this fantastic 700 page book name after a person and still know next to nothing about the person as an individual. Theodore Dodge (or Dodge as historians like to call him) is the if not one of the greatest authors of ancient warfare of all time. however the people who he rights about are only being focussed on one part of their lives. the role they played in their campagning as a general. You will get a brief overview of Hannibals background but the bulk of this book will be stateing what he did and why he did it. Expect to become familiar with how ancients organized their masses into military machines. Learn of how ambushes were succesful and how different ruses like feigned retreats are applied. Expect to learn about how supplys like rations can deal a deadlier blow than a lost battle. You will learn of how an army must protect itself whilst marching. After reading any of Theodoore Dodges books in their enirety you will have extensive knowledge on military terminology, aspects in ancient warfare that are essential to know when applying them in subject but are not taught conventually. And lastly what made the people Dodge wrote about so great that they as generals stand out in history for accomplishing the impossible.
Amazing, simply amazing. Starts off by coloring in the history of Carthage and Rome, and builds into Hannibal's legendary campaign against the Romans. Written by a colonel who fought in the Union Army during America's Civil War. The writing style is superior to that of _many_ current authors. Hannibal's military and political brilliance are shown, as is the character of the Roman citizenry. After reading this book, one gains an understanding into why Rome grew so powerful and ruled for so long. The author gives a glimpse into recent history by lapsing into French, often a paragraph at a time, and assuming that the reader knows what he's saying. (this was when French was the language of diplomacy). This book is quite readable, and VERY enjoyable. _Highly_ recommended and _definitely_ worth it!
This book is very informative and easy to read. The author provides the facts, gives the sources of his information, and allows the reader to make up his own mind on issues that are not certain. At the same time, the author does include into the book his own expert analysis of issues relating to military campaigns and battles. The book paints as complete a picture of Hannibal as the facts allow, without going into speculation and guessing.
HANNIBAL is an excellent account of the Second Punic War. The author, who traveled all throughout Spain, France, Italy, and North Africa sheds light on many controversies, such as exactly where Hannibal crossed the Alps. Although this book was written in 1891, it is still excellent today.
It was simultaneously thoroughly detailed and easy to read. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.