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The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic Summary
Robert L. O'Connell

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The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic Summary

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Robert L. O'Connell describes how Hannibal wiped out the majority of the Roman army in a single battle, the battle at Cannae, in "The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic" in approximately 200 years B.C. Historians of today research ancient historians and try to figure out where the infamous battle took place, but aside from knowing the general area, they cannot pinpoint a spot since the topography has changed so much over time.

Polybius and Livy were ancient historians who wrote about the battle at Cannae. Polybius knew about battle and he studied historical writings, including some by Fabius Pictor, the Roman senator who was sent to the Delphic oracle to analyze what went wrong after the defeat at Cannae. Livy wasn't a soldier and he wrote history more as a storyteller. The two historians offer many details about Cannae, although there...

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