Hannibal: A History of the Art of War among the Carthaginians and Romans down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B. C.

Hannibal: A History of the Art of War among the Carthaginians and Romans down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B. C.

by Theodore A. Dodge
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ISBN-13: 9781402194856
Publisher: Adegi Graphics LLC
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Series: Elibron Classics Series
Edition description: FAC
Pages: 714
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Hannibal (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Conrad_Jalowski More than 1 year ago
Theodore Ayrault Dodge's book on Hannibal starts off with the abjuration of Carthaginian hegemony in Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily after the First Punic War: 264-241 BCE. Hasdrubal Barca of the Barcine family sets off to subjugate as much as Iberia as possible to generate gold, silver and other natural resources as well as to provide a 'center of gravity' within Iberia and to secure the lines of communication and a secure base that would A) provide a key interstices that would administrate Carthaginian suzerainty in Iberia, B) connect Iberia with the Carthaginian network of subjected states and C) to maintain mercantile trade. Theodre Ayrault Dodge mentions that the loss of peripheral zones within the Mediterranean deprived the Carthaginians of a water-route to Rome. (Thankfully Carthage was not a thalassocracy to the extent of the First Athenian Empire: 478-404 BCE and the Second Athenian Empire: 378/377-355 BCE; it still survived after the majority of its navy was wiped out and its maritime supremacy extinguished.)

Theodore Ayrault Dodge elucidates Hannibal Barca's ultracrepidation across the Rhone River and the Alps, and the hardships that were faced by trying to reach Italian soil. Theodore Ayrault Dodge succinctly mentions the poliorcetics of Saguntum: 219-218 BCE and the battles of Ticinus: 218 BCE, Trebia: 217 BCE, Lake Trasimene: 217 BCE and Cannae: 216 BCE with the culmination of the fate of the two empires at Zama: 202 BCE. Theodore Ayrault Dodge mentions the grand strategy of Hannibal Barca (to deprive the Romans of their Italian allies and to form a stranglehold against the capitol of Rome, and to enlist the aid of the Gallic tribes) and the composition of the Carthaginian armies (Libyo-Phoenicians, Iberians, Numidians: multinational composition of mercenaries; 1,043 peltasts or skirmishers in the front ranks, 2,048 psiloi or auxiliary soldiers in the rear and a Hellenistic-like phalanx of Carthaginian/Libyo-Phoenician pikemen, with a total of 1,024 cavalry per fighting force.) Theodore Ayrault Dodge also mentions the composition of the Roman forces which consisted of 1,200 Velites, 1,200 Hastati, 1,200 Principes and 600 Triarii per consular army (a total of two such fighting forces per year). He also mentions the siege techniques of antiquity such as the means of blockading and slowly depleting the resources of the enemy through the castrametation of two concentric walls: the circumvallation and the contravallation.

The only negative factor found in the book Hannibal by Theodore Ayrault Dodge is the balance of the book. The author does not give enough recognition for the exploits of Hannibal's rivals such as Fabius 'Cunctator', Metellus and Nero, as well as Publius Cornelius Scipio 'Africanus' who deprived the Carthaginians of a base in Iberia through the victories at Baecula and Ilipa, and the capture of New Carthage. Theodore Ayrault Dodge tends to degrade the capabilities of Hannibal's Roman enemies, and to belittle the strategic consequences of some of their exploits such as the capture of Syracuse and the loss of Carthaginian hegemony in Iberia. (For more on Scipio 'Africanus', the book by Basil Henry Liddell Hart is recommended.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazing novel that gives you colorful explanations of both armies of Rome ,and Carthage. There are also great teachings of both nations powerful history. Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was simultaneously thoroughly detailed and easy to read. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.
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