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Lancel, Serge.
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Hannibal. English
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Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 1998.
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xii, 243 pages : maps, plans ; 24 cm
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DG249 .L3513 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is an historical biography of Hannibal, the military leader of Carthage responsible for waging a dramatic onslaught on Rome during the Punic Wars. One of the few generals of history to be famous for the war he lost, Hannibal's attack in 218BC - which included his renowned march of elephants across the Alps - ranks amongst the most courageous and ill-fated enterprises in the history of the ancient world. This definitive biography of one of the most fascinating figures of ancient history offers a fresh perspective on the demise of the Hellenistic world and the rise of Rome.

Author Notes

Serge Lancel is Professor of Archaeology at the Universityof Grenoble. For the past 30 years he has excavated and publishedon excavations in and around Carthage. He has been the director,since its foundation, of the crucial excavation at Byrsa, animportant sector of Carthage for most of its existence. He isauthor of Carthage (Blackwell, 1995).

Antonia Nevill has an honors degree in Italian andFrench. A committed European and a lifelong francophile, she hasspent over thirty years teaching in Further Education. Retirementhas at last enabled her to devote more time to her favoriteoccupation, translating.

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First published in French in 1995, Lancel's new study forms a companion piece to his earlier Carthage (CH, Sep'95) and should remain for some time to come the best treatment in English focusing on Hannibal specifically. His narrative of the life of Hannibal, one of history's most notable generals and arguably Rome's most dangerous adversary, moves smoothly and quickly, unencumbered by lengthy digressions on points of controversy. Lancel (Univ. of Grenoble) does not shy away from thorny questions, such as Hannibal's route across the Alps. After noting points of contention, he succinctly presents his views in a reasoned and reasonable fashion and moves on. He argues strongly that Hannibal did not fight a personal war with Rome but prosecuted the struggle on his city's behalf, and that after Cannae he sought to establish a protectorate in south Italy as a prelude to the eventual recovery of Sicily, lost to Rome in the First Punic War. Eminently readable and with a chronological chart and maps, though lacking extensive documentation, Hannibal will appeal to readers at all levels. R. I. Curtis; University of Georgia

Table of Contents

1 Hamilcar Barca
2 Time for Spain
3 From Cartagena to the Po Valley
4 Blitzkrieg' - from the Trebia to Cannae
5 Declining Fortunes
6 Setbacks
7 Zama
8 Exile
9 Heritage, Legend and Image
Chronological Highlights