Hannibal's Oath: The Life And Wars Of Rome's Greatest Enemy
by John Prevas
- Biographies & Memoirs, The Ancient World
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According to ancient sources, Hannibal was only nine years old when his father dipped the boy's hand in blood and made him swear eternal hatred of Rome. Whether true or not, it is just one of hundreds of legends about the enigmatic military genius who challenged Rome for mastery of the ancient world.
In the first full biography of Hannibal in more than two decades, John Prevas reveals the truth behind the myths of his life, wars, and character. Taking us from Hannibal's childhood in Carthage to his training in military camps in Spain, crossing of the Alps, spectacular victories in Italy, humiliating defeat in the North African desert, banishment from Carthage, and suicide, Hannibal's Oath is an epic account of a monumental figure.
"Hannibal's losses crossing the Alps hobbled his army and perhaps even compromised his ability to defeat Rome in the end. He lost close to half his army and to replenish their numbers he now had to go out into northern Italy and recruit among the less dependable Gauls. As Napoleon wrote, Hannibal had travelled a thousand miles, crossed rivers and mountains, just to win the right to a place on the battlefield. Now the war between Hannibal and Rome would begin in earnest and in the end it would be decided not by ability and courage, but by the passage of time and the crunching of the numbers-neither of which were in Hannibal's favor."
-from Hannibal's Oath
About the Author
John Prevas is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the leading experts on Hannibal. He has participated in a documentary on Hannibal filmed in the Alps by the BBC and the National Geographic Society, and has spoken on Hannibal at the United Nations and the Smithsonian Institution.
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|Release Date:||September 26, 2017|