The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic - Chapters 7 -Epilogue Summary & Analysis

Robert L. O'Connell
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Chapter 7 - AfterSchocks

After Cannae, Hannibal started gaining power as other entities joined him. He spilt his force for the first time, sending one force south with his brother Mago to gather more support. Hannibal went west where wealthy Capua soon joined him. As former allies of Rome, this was a big victory for Hannibal. Livy wrote that his army weakened after wintering there, however. They enjoyed their hedonism too much and went soft. This might or might not have been true, but the reality was that Hannibal now had a new burden as he took on the task of protecting Capua.

Hannibal needed to find reinforcements. Mago, Hannibal's youngest brother was in charge of getting recruits. He gave a great speech, but Hanno questioned why they needed more men and why they hadn't reached an agreement of peace with Rome. He said...

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