Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapters 1-3 Abstract
* 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.
Chapters 4-6 Abstract
* The author addressed the...
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