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Cannae : the experience of battle in the Second Punic War
Daly, Gregory, 1975-
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London ; New York : Routledge, 2003.

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xviii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Reprinted 2003.
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On a hot and dusty summer's day in 216 BC, the forces of the Carthaginian general Hannibal faced the Roman army in a dramatic encounter at Cannae. Massively outnumbered, the Carthaginians nevertheless won an astonishing victory - one that left more than 50,000 men dead.
Gregory Daly's enthralling study considers the reasons that led the two armies to the field of battle, and why each followed the course that they did when they got there. It explores in detail the composition of the armies, and the tactics and leadership methods of the opposing generals. Finally, by focusing on the experiences of those who fought, Daly gives an unparalleled portrait of the true horror and chaos of ancient warfare.
This striking and vivid account is the fullest yet of the bloodiest battle in ancient history.

Author Notes

Gregory Daly is a tutor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Manchester

Table of Contents

List of maps and figuresp. ix
Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Glossaryp. xvi
1 Introduction: Rome and Carthagep. 1
2 The road to Cannaep. 8
Introduction: the origins of the Second Punic Warp. 8
Initial strategiesp. 10
The Carthaginian invasion of Italyp. 12
Sourcesp. 17
Manpowerp. 25
Topographyp. 32
Tacticsp. 35
Conclusion: the consequences of Cannaep. 45
3 The Roman armyp. 48
Introductionp. 48
Polybius on the Roman armyp. 54
The organisation of the legionsp. 56
Legionary equipmentp. 64
Light infantryp. 70
Cavalryp. 73
The alliesp. 76
Syracusan light troopsp. 79
Conclusionp. 79
4 The Carthaginian armyp. 81
Introductionp. 81
Africansp. 84
Spaniardsp. 95
Gaulsp. 101
Skirmishersp. 106
Conclusionp. 112
5 Command at Cannaep. 113
Introductionp. 113
The consuls and their staffp. 119
Hannibal and his staffp. 123
Preparations for battlep. 128
The theatre of leadershipp. 134
The commanders' battlep. 145
6 Cannae: 'The Face of Battle'p. 156
Introductionp. 156
Prelude to battle: formations and deploymentp. 156
The physical circumstances of battlep. 166
Infantry skirmishingp. 172
Cavalry against cavalryp. 178
Line infantry against line infantryp. 184
Encirclementp. 191
The will to fightp. 199
Aftermathp. 201
7 Conclusionp. 203
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 236
Indexp. 245