Cannae: The Experience of Battle in the Second Punic War: The Experience of Battle in the Second Punic War
On a hot and dusty summer's day in 216 BC, the forces of the Carthaginian general Hannibal faced the Roman army in a dramatic encounter at Cannae. Massively outnumbered, the Carthaginians nevertheless won an astonishing victory - one that left more than 50,000 men dead.
Gregory Daly's enthralling study considers the reasons that led the two armies to the field of battle, and why each followed the course that they did when they got there. It explores in detail the composition of the armies, and the tactics and leadership methods of the opposing generals. Finally, by focusing on the experiences of those who fought, Daly gives an unparalleled portrait of the true horror and chaos of ancient warfare.
This striking and vivid account is the fullest yet of the bloodiest battle in ancient history.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Miro - LibraryThing
Background: Over 2000 years ago during the Second Punic War the Carthaginian general Hannibal crossed the Alps and invaded Italy, inflicting a series of major defeats on the Romans, culminating in the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Donogh - LibraryThing
No one who's interested in the ancient world or in military history can have gone without reading something about Hannibal's war against Rome. This book re-examines the battle of Cannae, where about ... Read full review