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Hannibal

Duration:
43 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 11 October 2012

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and achievements of Hannibal. One of the most celebrated military leaders in history, Hannibal was the Carthaginian general who led an entire army, complete with elephants, across the Alps in order to attack the Roman Republic. He lived at a time of prolonged hostility between the two great Mediterranean powers, Rome and Carthage, and was the Carthaginians' inspirational leader during the Second Punic War which unfolded between 218 and 202 BC. His career ended in defeat and exile, but he achieved such fame that even his enemies the Romans erected statues of him. Centuries later his tactical genius was admired and studied by generals including Napoleon and Wellington.

With:

Ellen O'Gorman
Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Bristol

Mark Woolmer
Senior Tutor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham

Louis Rawlings
Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Cardiff University.

Producer: Natalia Fernandez.

  • FURTHER READING

    N. Bagnall, ‘The Punic Wars: Rome, Carthage and the Struggle for the Mediterranean’ (Pimlico, 1999)

    N. Bagnall, ‘The Punic Wars 264-146 BC’ (Osprey Publishing, 2002)

    T. Bath, ‘Hannibal’s Campaigns: The Story of One of the Greatest Military Commanders of All Time’ (Patrick Stephens, 1981)

    Gregory Daly, ‘Cannae: The Experience of Battle in the Second Punic War’ (Routledge, 2002)

    A. K. Goldsworthy, ‘The Punic Wars’ (Cassell, 2000)

    A. K. Goldsworthy, ‘Cannae: Hannibal’s Greatest Victory’ (Phoenix, 2007)

    Dexter Hoyos, ‘Hannibal: Rome’s Greatest Enemy’ (Bristol Phoenix Press, 2008)

    Dexter Hoyos, ‘Hannibal’s Dynasty: Power and Politics in the Western Mediterranean, 247-183 BC’ (Oxford University Press, 2005)

    R. O’Connell, ‘The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic’ (Random House, 2010)

    Robert Palmer, ‘Rome and Carthage at Peace’ (Fritz Steiner Verlag, 1997)

    J. Peddie, ‘Hannibal’s War’ (Phoenix Mill, Sutton, 1997)

    T. Wise, ‘Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 265-146’ (Osprey Publishing, 1982)

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