The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic - Study Guide Chapters 4-6 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4 - Hannibal's Way

Hannibal is the center of this story yet there was no insight into his life as an individual other than his oath. Livy depicts him as a solid soldier and fearless leader. Unlike other Carthaginians, he did not appear very religious. He had a reputation according to some historians, for being a monster, yet his actions belied that. He even buried his foes.

He was married once to Imilce, a Spanish chieftain's daughter. The man's friends were mostly soldiers and he was very approachable. He was even willing to take criticism. Hannibal got along well with his brothers and he was well-educated. He spoke Greek and learned all about Greek warfare. No matter what people said about him, there was one fact no one could dispute. He was a brilliant tactician who earned the respect and trust of the...

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