Carthaginian war elephant, Punic War

Carthaginian war elephant, Punic War

An Oliphaunt:  Grey as a mouse/ Big as a house/ Nose like a snake/ I make the earth shake/ As I tramp through the grass/ Trees crack as I pass./ With horns in my mouth/ I walk in the South/ Flapping big ears./ Beyond count of years/ I stump round and round/ Never lie on the ground/ Not even to die./ Oliphaunt am I/ Biggest of all/ Huge, old, and tall./ If ever you'd met me/ You wouldn't forget me./ If you never do/ You won't think I'm true/ But old Oliphaunt am I/ And I never lie.

An Oliphaunt: Grey as a mouse/ Big as a house/ Nose like a snake/ I make the earth shake/ As I tramp through the grass/ Trees crack as I pass./ With horns in my mouth/ I walk in the South/ Flapping big ears./ Beyond count of years/ I stump round and round/ Never lie on the ground/ Not even to die./ Oliphaunt am I/ Biggest of all/ Huge, old, and tall./ If ever you'd met me/ You wouldn't forget me./ If you never do/ You won't think I'm true/ But old Oliphaunt am I/ And I never lie.

Carthaginian war elephant, artwork by J. Shumate. Hannibal's war elephants: http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/hannibal/videos/hannibals-war-elephants

Carthaginian war elephant, artwork by J. Shumate. Hannibal's war elephants: http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/hannibal/videos/hannibals-war-elephants

Thomas Gunn's New Roman War elephant Prototype on Military Miniatures H.Q. curated by carlos codina

Thomas Gunn's New Roman War elephant Prototype on Military Miniatures H.Q. curated by carlos codina

Republican Roman Legionnaires (hastati) facing one of Pyrrhus of Epirus's war elephants 280-275 BCE.

Republican Roman Legionnaires (hastati) facing one of Pyrrhus of Epirus's war elephants 280-275 BCE.

Fascinating article from BBC about the conscription of circus animals due to shortages of horses.

Fascinating article from BBC about the conscription of circus animals due to shortages of horses.

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