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HannibalRome's Greatest Enemy$
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Dexter Hoyos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675464

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675464.001.0001

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Introduction the Challenge of Hannibal

Introduction the Challenge of Hannibal

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction the Challenge of Hannibal

Dexter Hoyos

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes Hannibal's lasting fascination as general and political leader. It notes that most modern interest focuses on his Alpine crossing and early victories, stressing the importance of his total career. The chapter then discusses the range, variety, and reliability of the ancient sources for Hannibal's life and times—notably Polybius, Livy, Plutarch, and Appian—as well as the limited archaeological and coin evidence.

Keywords:   Hannibal, sources, Polybius, Livy, Plutarch, Appian, sources

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