The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic Short Essay - Answer Key

Robert L. O'Connell
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What important survivor remained after the Battle at Cannae according to Chapter 1?

According to Chapter 1, the one important survivor after the Battle at Cannae was Publius Corenlius Scipio, also known as Africanus Scipio. Scipio would one day rise up to help Rome defeat Hannibal.

2. What question does the author address about the Battle at Cannae?

The author addresses why the Battle at Cannae is relevant today. O'Connell points out that our knowledge about the battle is limited and is largely based on opinion. Although historians have found out where the battles took place, they don't really know the spots. Historians rely on literature and speculation about such events.

3. What gave Polybius access to research material?

Polybius had access to research material because he was a hostage cavalry man who went to Rome in 167 B.C. and his patron was Scipio Aemilianus, the grandson of one of the two losing consuls at Cannae.

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