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The route that Hannibal’s army took over the Alps during the second Punic War.

The route that Hannibal’s army took over the Alps during the second Punic War.

The port of ancient Carthage.   The Roman control began with the victory in the 3rd Punic War in 146 BCE.  This truly would have been worth living to see....One of the strongest city-states in the world at that time.

The port of ancient Carthage. The Roman control began with the victory in the 3rd Punic War in 146 BCE. This truly would have been worth living to see....One of the strongest city-states in the world at that time.

Hannibal Barca -Hannibal, son of Hamilcar Barca(247 – 183/182 BC)[was a Punic Carthaginian military commander, generally considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. His father, Hamilcar Barca, was the leading Carthaginian commander during the First Punic War, his younger brothers were Mago and Hasdrubal, and he was brother-in-law to Hasdrubal the Fair.

Hannibal Barca -Hannibal, son of Hamilcar Barca(247 – 183/182 BC)[was a Punic Carthaginian military commander, generally considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. His father, Hamilcar Barca, was the leading Carthaginian commander during the First Punic War, his younger brothers were Mago and Hasdrubal, and he was brother-in-law to Hasdrubal the Fair.

Celt Iberian warriors in Carthaginian service. The Spanish made up a significant portion of the Carthaginian Army most notably in the second Punic War. Illustration by  Angel García Pinto

Celt Iberian warriors in Carthaginian service. The Spanish made up a significant portion of the Carthaginian Army most notably in the second Punic War. Illustration by Angel García Pinto

The army of Hannibal. Second Punic War. This illustration shows some of the warriors from the nations that Hannibal used in his campaign.

The army of Hannibal. Second Punic War. This illustration shows some of the warriors from the nations that Hannibal used in his campaign.

Carthaginian pikeman from the first to second Punic Wars. The strongly Hellenised appearance of the infantryman is understandable due to the constant exchange of military equipment that went on between the two cultures. Punic ship design strongly influenced Greek culture and Greek army equipment was highly regarded by the Carthaginians.

Carthaginian pikeman from the first to second Punic Wars. The strongly Hellenised appearance of the infantryman is understandable due to the constant exchange of military equipment that went on between the two cultures. Punic ship design strongly influenced Greek culture and Greek army equipment was highly regarded by the Carthaginians.

The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage from 264 BC to 146 BC.[1] At the time, they were probably the largest wars that had ever taken place.[2] The term Punic comes from the Latin word Punicus , meaning "Carthaginian", with reference to the Carthaginians' Phoenician ancestry.[3] The main cause of the Punic Wars was the conflicts of interest between the existing Carthaginian Empire and the expanding Roman Republic. The Romans were initially in...

The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage from 264 BC to 146 BC.[1] At the time, they were probably the largest wars that had ever taken place.[2] The term Punic comes from the Latin word Punicus , meaning "Carthaginian", with reference to the Carthaginians' Phoenician ancestry.[3] The main cause of the Punic Wars was the conflicts of interest between the existing Carthaginian Empire and the expanding Roman Republic. The Romans were initially in...