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Hannibal’s War With Rome The Armies and Campaigns 216 BC

Hannibal’s War With Rome The Armies and Campaigns 216 BC
Data publikacji: 1999-06-25
ISBN: 9781855328709
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 144
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Few leaders and few battles in history have been as important and have held such an enduring fascination to both historians and generals as Hannibal and Cannae respectively, the latter being the culmination of Hannibal’s lengthy campaigns against Rome. In this combination of two of Osprey’s most successful titles, MAA 121 Armies of the Carthaginian Wars and Campaign 36 Cannae 216 BC, two eminent scholars of the Classical World, Terence Wise and Mark Healy, describe in detail the make-up of Hannibal’s army, and the course of his epic campaigns from his base in Spain, through the incredible crossing of the Alps, and onto his tumultuous campaigns in Italy. The authoritative text is accompanied by superb illustrations from Angus McBride and Richard Hook, two of the world’s most respected military artists.


The title is essentially two books in one. The first `Armies of the Carthaginian Wars' is a traditional Osprey Military Library treatment of the subject in a `Men of Arms' style. (approx. 50 pages) While the 2nd book `Hannibal's Wars' is in Osprey's `Campaign' style (approx. 100 pages) and is a much more comprehensive and critical examination of the arms, and armour of the two opposing forces as well as a detailed look of the issues at stake. The colour illustrations are excellent as always. The colour plates arranged together in the 1st book, while interspersed, in the 2nd. There are numerous B/W photographs of primary evidence such as coins, funerary art and sculpture. Inevitably, because these 2 books were written separately and fused together for this compilation, there is no inter-reference, some subjects are covered twice and there is some disagreement. One criticism from a purely academic point of view is the use of primary classical sources. Instead of just `Polybius says...' I would have preferred a footnote at least referencing the chapter or section this view could be found in a standard translation of the text. The two `books' have to be read in conjunction to get the most of the whole. For example the wonderful painting of the Roman Tribune (found in the 1st book) is stated to be based on a figure found on a certain altar. It is not until you get to the 2nd book, where this original altar figure is reproduced, can you judge for yourself the accuracy of the painting. On the whole a worthy compilation - an easy read and style and taken together the two books provide an excellent overview of the 2nd Punic War and its effects.

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