Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy

Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy

by Dexter Hoyos

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Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy by Dexter Hoyos

Hannibal's enduring reputation as a man and as a general is due to his enemies' fascination with him. The way his legend was shaped and became ingrained in Greek and Roman awareness is one of the main themes of this book.

Under Hannibal's leadership, Carthage came close to dominating the western Mediterranean; his total victory would have changed the course of history. That he was a brilliant general is unquestioned and his strategy and tactics have been studied as real-life lessons in war even into the modern era (Norman Schwartzkopf is a fan). And yet on at least three occasions (in 217, 216 and 207 BC) a different strategic choice might have brought that elusive overall victory. This book examines the inherent contradictions here, as well as the puzzle of the final battle of Zama.

Hannibal's political career, as third leader of a highly successful republican dynasty, tends to be less appreciated than his military prowess. His achievements as civilian leader (suffete) of Carthage in 196-5 BC have been virtually overlooked. The issue of whether he might indeed have changed history had he avoided conflict with Rome by postponing it - as the Greek historian Polybius believed he should have - and concentrating first on Carthage's own prosperity and safety, is explored in this volume as vigorously as the military questions.

Dexter Hoyos is Professor of Classics and Ancient History in the University of Sydney and author of Unplanned Wars: the Origins of the First and Second Punic Wars (1998) and Hannibal's Dynasty: Power and Politics in the Western Mediterranean, 247-183 BC (2003).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904675471
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2008
Series: Bristol Phoenix Press - Greece and Rome Live
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dexter Hoyos is Professor of Classics and Ancient History in the University of Sydney and author of Unplanned Wars: the Origins of the First and Second Punic Wars (1998) and Hannibal's Dynasty: Power and Politics in the Western Mediterranean, 247-183 BC (2003).

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Hannibal's chronology
Maps
Italy and Sicily in Hannibal's time
The Western Mediterranean in Hannibal's time
Southern Italy 216-203 BC
The Eastern Mediterranean around 200 BC
1 Introduction: the challenge of Hannibal
2 Family and city
3 Barcids supreme (241-221)
4 Leadership and war (221-216)
5 Hannibal, Carthage and the Mediterranean (216-209)
6 Decline and defeat (209-202)
7 Hannibal in politics (201-195)
8 Hannibal in exile (195-183)
9 Hannibal: memory and myth
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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