Hannibal in the Second Punic War

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Hannibal in the Second Punic War

Post  Taylor Lee on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:36 am

The Second Punic War broke out in 218 when Hannibal took control of the Greek city and Roman ally, Saguntum (in Spain). Rome thought it would be easy to defeat Hannibal, but Hannibal was full of surprises, including his manner of entering the Italic peninsula from Spain. Leaving 20,000 troops with his brother Hasdrubal, Hannibal went further north on the Rhone River than the Romans expected and crossed the river with his elephants on flotation devices. He didn't have as much manpower as the Romans, but he counted on the support and alliance of Italian tribes unhappy with Rome. Hannibal reached the Po Valley with less than half his men. He had also encountered unexpected resistance from local tribes, although he did manage to recruit Gauls. This meant he had 30,000 troops by the time he met the Romans in battle.
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Re: Hannibal in the Second Punic War

Post  CicelyS on Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:00 pm

Great post! It's strange to actually think that all of this stuff actually happened. When you think of it that way it seems a lot scarier that humans can actually fight like that, even back then. The way Hannibal was fighting against Rome was truly awful and they both played their part in the war.
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