Saturday, October 08, 2005
Hannibal lived in the third century B.C. and is considered one of the greatest military generals ever by many. His tactics were studied by the U.S. Military and used in the Gulf war against Iraq. He is known for marching an army that included some 50 elephants across the Alps before they had ever even been charted. Once in Italy he took on the Romans and almost defeated them. During a series of battles Rome lost over 100,000 men while Hannibal lost very few.
However, he grew up under an intense hatred of the Romans. His country, Carthage, had been defeated by the Romans in a previous war, and he never forgot the humiliation. He spent his entire life living out his hatred, which included long periods of time away from his home and family for his extended campaigns. Once he was defeated, he spent the rest of his life as a fugitive. He had to continually find shelter in various cities abroad until the Romans would catch up to him again. Finally he was cornered and committed suicide.
What do you think of Hannibal? Was he one of the greatest generals ever or a terrible victim of his own hatred and prejudice?
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