Cannae: The Experience of Battle in the Second Punic War

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 253 pages
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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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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

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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

Contents

Introduction Rome and Carthage
1
The road to Cannae
8
Initial strategies
10
The Carthaginian invasion of Italy
12
Sources
17
Manpower
25
Topography
32
Tactics
35
Skirmishers
106
Conclusion
112
Command at Cannae
113
The consuls and their staff
119
Hannibal and his staff
123
Preparations for battle
128
The theatre of leadership
134
The commanders battle
145

the consequences of Cannae
45
The Roman Army
48
Polybius on the Roman army
54
The organisation of the legions
56
Legionary equipment
64
Light infantry
70
Cavalry
73
The allies
76
Syracusan light troops
79
The Carthaginian army
81
Africans
84
Spaniards
95
Gauls
101
The Face of Battle
156
The physical circumstances of battle
166
Infantry skirmishing
172
Cavalry against cavalry
178
Line infantry against line infantry
184
Encirclement
191
The will to fight
199
Aftermath
201
Conclusion
203
Notes
205
Bibliography
236
Index
245
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About the author (2003)

Daly is a senior tutor at the University College, Dublin.

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