Hannibal had long known his fate should the Romans ever lay hands upon him. He had taken an army right through Spain and into what is now France, crossed the Alps (at a time of year when no one believed it possible), and invaded Italy. Then, for 15 years, he used the country as his battlefield and his home, destroying Roman armies with an almost contemptuous ease. For centuries after his death, Roman mothers would frighten their children into behaving by telling them: Hannibal is at the Gates!
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - la2bkk - LibraryThing
Well written, concise account of the Second Punic War, with emphasis upon the great Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca. The author provides a fairly standard account, starting with the First Punic ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KidSisyphus - LibraryThing
Hannibal ad portas! Translation from Latin, "Hannibal is at the gates!" An expression used by Roman parents to frighten their children into obedience. ***** Hannibal was born six years before the end ... Read full review