Cannae: The Experience of Battle in the Second Punic War (Hardback)
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Short Description for Cannae In 216 BC, the forces of the Carthaginian general Hannibal faced the Roman army in a dramatic encounter at Cannae. Massively outnumbered, they nevertheless won an astonishing victory. This study considers the factors that led the two armies to battle, and why each followed the course they did.
- Published: 01 April 2002
- Format: Hardback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415261470 ISBN 10: 0415261473
Full description for Cannae
On a hot and dusty summer's day in 216 BC, the forces of the Carthaginian general Hannibal faced the Roman army in a dramatic encounter at Cannae. Massively outnumbered, the Carthaginians nevertheless won an astonishing victory - one that left more than 50,000 men dead. Gregory Daly's enthralling study considers the reasons that led the two armies to the field of battle, and why each followed the course that they did when they got there. It explores in detail the composition of the armies, and the tactics and leadership methods of the opposing generals. Finally, by focusing on the experiences of those who fought, Daly gives an unparalleled portrait of the true horror and chaos of ancient warfare. This striking and vivid account is the fullest yet of the bloodiest battle in ancient history.