Hannibal: A Man In Rome About Hannibal Barca.

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Hannibal: A Man In RomeHannibal is considered to be one of the greatest military minds to exist on this earth. He served as a Carthaginian general that led a military campaign against the Romans and went undefeated in his battles with the Roman armies. This campaign was called the second Punic war; the war brought fear of destruction to Rome for the first time, and the Romans did not take it lightly. In the battles with Rome Hannibal was cunning, smart, and seemingly unstoppable; he slaughtered the Romans. One day, a general faced Hannibal and beat him; this general was Scipio. The question is, did this defeat make Hannibal a lesser general than Scipio, and the answer is a triumphant no. Scipio had many advantages against Hannibal; his troops where new and ready for battle, but Hannibal's were tired and homesick. Scipio also had some luck that would work in his favor towards beating Hannibal. Hannibal a great Carthaginian general who, in his time, was lesser to no General, including Scipio.(Cottrell 3-12, Beshara)Hannibal Barca ("Joy of Baal") was born in 247 B.C. in the city of Carthage, which was located in modern Tunis, or the northern tip of Africa. His father, Hamilcar Barca, was a great Carthaginian general of the army who fought in the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage, which the latter lost. Hannibal's first battle took place when he was only nine. He went on an expedition with his father, Hamilcar Barca, to conquer Spain. From the beginning of Carthage's push into Spain, Hannibal vowed eternal hatred for Rome after seeing Romans killing his father's men; Hannibal became Commander in Chief of Carthage's army when he was twenty-six after his father was assassinated. His conquest of the Roman town of Sagunto, in Spain, led to a new declaration of war by Rome that started the second Punic War. For Carthage to take the town of Sagunto was completely within the rights of the Carthage and the treaty (Rome and surrounding countries, including Carthage, had treaty that would allow buffer land between countries) but Rome at the time was getting too big and becoming very imperialistic, thinking themselves as untouchable and unbeatable on the battlegrounds. All Rome could see was that they had to have all of the Mediterranean and the only obstacle that stood in their way was a single general and his men. Though these actions were not entirely the "evil" work of Rome. Hannibal from his earliest memories could recall nothing but hatred for Rome. Hannibal's father had instilled a horrifically self-destructive desire within Hannibal to see the fall of Rome. When Hannibal's father and older brother died in 229 B.C. and 226 B.C., Hannibal was elected commander-in-chief of the Carthaginian army. About ten years later, Hannibal, acting on his promise to his father, attacked the city of Sagantum in Spain, which was controlled by the Romans. This attack led to the start of the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome. (Beshara, Gowen, Corrtrell...

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