• 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...
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