The Battle Of Hannibal In The War On Rome

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People have questioned why Hannibal did not immediately march on Rome after his victory at Cannae. But his main objective was to create a settlement that would free Carthage from Roman intervention. He was not interested in the total destruction of Rome. Hannibal hoped that his victories would bring Italian cities from the Roman Confederacy, but this was not the case. When Hannibal realized that he could not efficiently surround Rome with Italian states, he spread the conflict hoping to spread Rome’s resources thin. Hannibal brought different countries into the war against Rome. The real blow to Hannibal came in 209 when the Romans took Carthage and forced Hasdrubal out of Spain. This cut his main supply route off. Hannibal learned of the defeat when Hasdrubal's head was thrown into his camp. He knew that he had no hope of reinforcement and no supporting navy.
Hannibal’s tactics in the field were brilliant, even Scipio attested to that. His quick marches up and down Italy astonished the Romans and made their strategy much more complex. Hannibal was at an obvious disadvantage in regards of reinforcements and provisions. In 204, the Italian general Scipio landed in Carthage. He was so successful Carthage begged for peace the following year. Terms were agreed upon, and Hannibal was called on. The sight of Hannibal caused the Carthaginians to resist, however, and hostilities were renewed. The two armies met and fought in 202 at Zama. This battle would decide the outcome of the war. This time Hannibal had finally met his match; a superior cavalry outnumbered him. Hannibal and his army, nearly destroyed, managed to escape. Peace was made the next year. Rome restricted the Carthaginian navy viciously and demanded a heavy se...

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...ey deserted him just once before they entered Italy. All the while, Hannibal was leading an army of many different cultures and languages. It consisted of Celts, Gauls, Italians, Numidians,
Phoenicians, Iberians, Libyans, etc. It was a very mixed army and the fact that they never abandoned him, shows his ability to lead.
In conclusion, Hannibal was a man with a multitude of great traits. One of his biggest downfalls was his terrible sense of luck. Luck favored the Romans time and time again. In light of this, Hannibal was still able to prove his worth as a general. Hannibal was feared beyond reason, unrelenting even without assistance, renowned as a politician, and a genius in the art of inventing ways to defeat his opponents. Without a doubt, Hannibal is one of the greatest general of all time and will be remembered by historians thousands of years from now.
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