Hannibal's invasion of Italia in 218 BC was one of the boldest
mountain military operations of the Second Punic War, if not the
entire ancient world. A master of warfare, he remains an enigmatic
figure known mainly from descriptions written by his adversaries.
In this unique work of fiction, Hannibal, a Carthaginian, member
of a North African banking family and the son of a famous general,
is accurately depicted as a strong leader who spent his entire life
fighting the Romans. His restless, investigative mind, along with a
deep love and appreciation of Greek culture, was nurtured into the
Carthaginian war machine by his father and brother-in-law. Hannibal
was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Carthaginian Army by the
troops in 221.
In late spring 218, his army of 65,000 men and 37 elephants left
Cartagena in Spain, subdued tribes on the fringes of the Pyrenees
Mountains, crossed southern Gaul into the Rhone Basin, and marched
across the Alps into Italia. "The Warmaker: Hannibal's Invasion of
Italia and the Aftermath" provides a fictional account of the war
master, and what could likely have happened, following his military
success in Italia, had he decided to conquer Rome.
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