Hannibal Of Carthage
by Mary Dolan
"Sosylos was a Greek freedman who lived with Hannibal. He wrote a record of the march across the Alps, but his account is lost. It served, however, as a main source for Polybius the Greek, who wrote about the Hannibalic war some forty-eight years after Cannae. And later still, almost two hundred years after that battle, Titus Livy wrote a history of the same events, using...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published 1961 by The Macmillan Company
(first published 1955)
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I read this book in 1974. I was nearly fourteen. It is one of the books that influenced my life, my thinking, and my writing in deep and significant ways. The truth is that when I read the book, I took it for granted, and I never listed it among the great books. But it stayed with me, and I could not imagine that there was anyone in the world who hadn't read it. I took the lessons it taught as a given, much as I assumed that everyone had read the Bible. I just didn't think it needed listing.