Hannibal’s intrepid crossing of the rugged wintry Alps in 218 BCE with an army accompanied by elephants has captured our imaginations since antiquity. Patrick Hunt, archeologist and author of the new biography Hannibal, explores why this amazing feat was in character for the famous Carthaginian general who always surprised his enemy Romans with his brilliantly unorthodox tactics. For centuries after Hannibal, Romans held lingering fears that there could be another “Hannibal at the Gates.”
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