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Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy
Hannibal’s enduring reputation as both a man and a brilliant general is largely due to his enemies’ fascination with him. Universally ranked as one of the greatest tacticians and military strategists in history, Hannibal and his tactics have been studied as real-life lesson for even the most modern of wars. Under his leadership, Carthage came close to dominating the wester ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 23rd 2008 by Liverpool University Press
(first published July 1st 2007)
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A perceptive biography of Hannibal. Most interestingly, it is told from a sort of "Carthaginian" point of view, with a focus on the internal workings of Carthage as well as avoiding an entirely Rome-centric view of Hannibal's career (i.e. Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae are "victories", not defeats). Although sympathetic to Hannibal, Hoyos is unsycophantic and delivers balanced, and unwavering assessment and critique. Some of the conclusions could have been elaborated somewhat, but they were likel ...more
Dexter Hoyos is retired Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney, Australia. His many books include, most recently, Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy, The Carthaginians, A Companion to the Punic Wars, Livy: Rome's Italian Wars (with J. C. Yardley), and A Companion to Roman Imperialism.