* Chapter 1 describes Polybius of Megalopolis who crossed the Alps to look at the scene Hannibal saw 73 years previous.
* Polybius' goal was to write books about the obscure city-state.
* Polybius recalled Cannae, which took place on August 2, 216 B.C.
* 48,000 Romans died at Cannae.
* Publius Cornelius Scipio survived.
* The author addressed the question of why the battle is a learning tool.
* Knowledge about the battle is limited and is largely focused on opinion.
* There was a tablet with Hannibal's name on it that survived.
* Historians count on literature and speculation.
* Nobody knows the exact spots of the battles because of changes in rivers and construction efforts.
* Parts of the story of Cannae are missing.
* Ancient historians, however, focused heavily on the battles and they were centerpieces of their writings.
* Historians during ancient times had to produce for a largely illiterate audience.
* Polybius was a hostage cavalry man brought...
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