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

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478975519
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Edition description: Unabridged Library Edition
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

John Prevas is a New York Times bestselling author whose first book, Hannibal Crosses the Alps, ignited the debate among academics over which pass Hannibal used—a debate which continues today. He has been featured in a documentary about Hannibal filmed in the Alps by the BBC and has spoken on Hannibal as a leadership figure to United Nations ambassadors, the Smithsonian Institute, the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, and at Forbes CEO conferences. Prevas has appeared on the History Channel, CNN, CNN International, NPR, C-Span's Book TV, and Fox Television.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chronology xiii

Dramatis Personae xix

Maps xxiv

Prologue The Ultimate Sacrifice to Fulfill an Oath 1

Chapter I The Road to Power 7

Chapter II On the March 35

Chapter III Over the Icy Peaks 61

Chapter IV Crushing the Romans 85

Chapter V The Ebbing Tide 129

Chapter VI Unending War 163

Chapter VII Return to Africa 179

Chapter VIII Exile 211

Afterword 237

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 245

Bibliography 255

Index 271

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glauver More than 1 year ago
There are dozens of biographies of the legendary Carthaginian general. The problem is that the sources from antiquity are limited and no contemporary ones exist. John Prevas does his best; he has visited many sites associated with Hannibal and his march over the Alps. I just didn't find much new including his questioning of Hannibal's motives and strategy. I recently read Masters Of Command, a comparison of Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar by Barry Strauss, and he voiced many of the same criticisms. One of the most exhaustive military studies on Hannibal was done by Theodore A. Dodge in 1891 and it is still in print. Adrian Goldsworthy's The Punic Wars is a good recent book on the perio