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Hannibal's Crossing of the Alps

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In 218 BC, according to Livy's account, the mighty Carthaginian commander Hannibal rallied his army to march from Spain across the Alps and into Italy. It was a hazardous journey, requiring tremendous fortitude from his soldiers, but Hannibal's tactical precision and zeal guided them successfully -- elephants and all -- over the final obstacle to Italian soil.
Paperback, Penguin 60s Classics, 45 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Penguin
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Felix Purat
May 09, 2015 Felix Purat rated it it was amazing
How do you get a horde of elephants over the Alps? Livy, a chronicler from Ancient Rome, covers just that in this pocket sized read that can be finished in two metro trips. No idea if it’s a snippet of a greater work, but if it is I’d like to read the entire thing. Sounds like Hannibal truly gave the Romans a run for their money.
Daren
Even for a Penguin 60s Classic, this is a particularly short read!

An excerpt (or a number of them run together seamlessly?) from the Livy: The War with Hannibal.

An very well selected excerpt which provides a pacy and interesting account of Hannibal's crossing of the Alps (as one might have expected from the title) from Spain into Italy in 218 BC.

Known for his tactical nous and management of his men, in this account anyway, Hannibal comes across as very capable. Even when things could have turne
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I especially liked the bit about how they got the elephants across the Rhone. One soldier basically taunted the most aggressive elephant until it gave chase, then he jumped in the water and swam like hell. The monstrous elephant gave chase across the river, and the rest of the herd followed this bellwether. Chased across a river by a gang of murderous elephants. Now that's a Facebook status update!
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Livy writes like he published this masterpiece yesterday, it's hard to believe that he was living in ancient age.
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Titus Livius (Patavinus) (64 or 59 BC – AD 17)—known as Livy in English—was a Roman historian who wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people – Ab Urbe Condita Libri (Books from the Foundation of the City) – covering the period from the earliest legends of Rome before the traditional foundation in 753 BC through the reign of Augustus in Livy's own time. He was on familiar terms with th ...more
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