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The Roman HannibalRemembering the Enemy in Silius Italicus' Punica$
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Claire Stocks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380284

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380284.001.0001

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Out of the Darkness and into the Light

Out of the Darkness and into the Light

(p.103) Chapter Six Out of the Darkness and into the Light
The Roman Hannibal

Claire Stocks

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Hannibal's early victories from his conquest of Saguntum up to and including the Battle of Cannae. It is argued that through these victories Hannibal acquires his legendary status as a superhuman warrior and as a figure of dread. Beginning with a discussion on Books 1-2 and the siege of Saguntum, a city which serves as a substitute for Rome, it is shown that Hannibal is a larger-than-life figure on the battlefield, who holds the attention of everyone. From here the discussion turns to his victories at the Ticinus, the Trebia, Lake Trasimene and Cannae, with attention paid to the Roman commanders whom Hannibal faces in battle. It is noted that despite the impressiveness of these victories, which increase Hannibal's status in the eyes of others, Hannibal himself fails to match the martial prowess that he showed in battle atSaguntum.

Keywords:   Saguntum, Trebia, Ticinus, Trasimene, Cannae, Flaminius, Scipio, Paulus, Varro, Fabius

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