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Description - Hannibal and Scipio: pocket GIANTS by Greg Fisher

A concise, accessible, engaging biography of two implacable adversaries In 218, Hannibal Barca, desperate to avenge the defeat of Carthage in the First Punic War, launched an ambitious ground invasion of Italy. With just a small force, he crossed the Alps a feat reckoned to be impossible and pitted his polyglot army against Rome's elite citizen infantry. At Cannae, in 216, Hannibal destroyed an 80,000-strong Roman force in one afternoon, delivering a blow unequalled in Roman history for half a millennium to come. The Romans had no answer to Hannibal until the young Scipio volunteered to take over Rome's armies in Spain, which were close to defeat, and left leaderless by the death of Scipio's own father and uncle. In the decade which followed, Scipio turned Rome's desperate fortunes into a stunning victory over Carthage. The portrait of Hannibal and Scipio takes the reader through one of the greatest military campaigns in history, driven by two remarkable and fascinating men. AUTHOR: Greg Fisher holds a DPhil from Oxford (2008) and is Associate Professor in the Department of History and College of the Humanities at Carleton University, Ottawa. He specialises in late antique and near eastern history and is the author of Between Empires. Arabs, Romans, and Sasanians in Late Antiquity (Oxford, 2011) as well as numerous journal articles. He teaches Greek and Roman history and has been teaching the history of the Second Punic War at Carleton for five years. SELLING POINTS: . Set against the highly dramatic setting of the Second Punic War . Two of the most important figures in the ancient world . A duo of PocketGIANTS battle it out in one neat volume . In the end, was Scipio 'greater' than Hannibal?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750955904
ISBN-10: 0750955902
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher is Associate Professor in the Department of History and College of the Humanities at Carleton University, Ottawa. He is the author of "Between Empires: Arabs, Romans, and Sasanians in Late Antiquity."

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