Hannibal Enemy of Rome

Cottrell, Leonard

Published by Holt Rienhart & Winston, 1961
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Title: Hannibal Enemy of Rome

Publisher: Holt Rienhart & Winston

Publication Date: 1961

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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New York. 1961. Holt Rienhart & Winston. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 257 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Ben Feder, Inc. keywords: History Biography Hannibal Rome Classical Studies. inventory # 2397. FROM THE PUBLISHER - At Cannae, in the year 216 B.C., Hannibal of Carthage, faced with an opposing Roman army twice the size of his own forces, outwitted the enemy commanders by means of a strategy which has become a classic of its kind. As a result of his famous ‘double pincer’ maneuver, 70,000 Roman soldiers died within the space of a few hours on a field the size of New York's Central Park. Yet, as devastating and startling as Cannae was, it was only one of a long list of incredible achievements. Hannibal's fantastic 1,000-mile march across the Alps from Spain to Italy was one of the wonders of ancient times—indeed of all time. He began his hazardous journey with 90,000 infantry, 12,000 cavalry, and 37 elephants. By the time he reached the Valley of the Po, more than 30,000 troops and many of his elephants had perished, but he still managed to stay in Italy for sixteen years. With the drama and authenticity that readers have come to expect of him, Leonard Cottrell describes this amazing campaign—a saga of victory after victory which, ironically, fell short of its ultimate goal: the annihilation of Rome. A spectacular blend of biography and military adventure, HANNIBAL is a brilliant portrait of a military genius who was also a highly civilized man. The son of Hamilcar Barca, a famous general in his own right, Hannibal was a student of the Greek classics. But his father's lifelong grudge against Rome (which had robbed Carthage of much of its shipping trade) fostered in the son at an early age a deep hatred for that Republic and a fierce determination to subdue it forever. This determination resulted in the bloody battles of Lake Trasimene, Campania, Nola, Capua, and Zama, all of which Leonard Cottrell describes with vigor, excitement, and authority. Dramatic photographs and maps enliven Mr. Cottrell's description of each major encounter. Leonard Cottrell, a well-known archaeologist and documentary writer-producer for the B.B.C., is the author of several previous works on the ancient world, among them Lost Cities, The Bull of Minos and Life Under the Pharaohs. In gathering his authoritative material for HANNIBAL: ENEMY OF ROME, Mr. Cottrell traveled the entire route across the Alps taken by Hannibal himself, thus bringing to this book a valuable firsthand knowledge of his subject. Mr. Cottrell's scholarship and compelling narrative power have been widely acclaimed in this country and abroad. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 2397

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