Second Punic War

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  • Causes Of The Second Punic War

    The second Punic war was the result of the growing rivalry between the two great powers that were now struggling for supremacy in the western Mediterranean (Rome and Carthage), with the trigger of the war being the rapid growth of the Carthaginian dominion in Spain, with Carthage building up a great empire in the Spanish peninsula, expecting to raise new armies to invade Italy. The second Punic war was a conflict of a military Carthaginian genius called Hannibal against Rome, and later shared with the young Roman general Scipio, who effectively offset Carthage’s looting of Italy and its allies. In 221 B.C. Hasdrubal, the Carthaginian general that founded New Carthage in the Iberian Peninsula and prone at diplomatic solutions, was assassinated…

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  • Second Punic War Analysis

    discusses about the Second Punic War (B.C 218-201) in three different periods, the Hannibal?s Invasion of Italy from Saguntum to Cannae (B.C. 218-216), Early Victories to Recall of Hannibal, and the Battle of Zama and End of the War (B.C. 201). During each period, the paper will briefly cover about the economic inducements, the inevitability of the conflict, the miscalculation of Roman motives by the Carthaginians, and the character of Hannibal. With the exception of the miscalculation of Roman…

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  • Why The Romans Won The Second Punic War?

    The Second Punic War, of course after the first, dated 218-202 BC. Rome and Carthage were fighting this war. The Romans were known for fighting on land, and The Carthaginians were known for being one with the sea. Carthage also had Hannibal, son of a general during the First Punic War Hannibal, arguably the greatest general of all time, “...no Roman could compare with him,” was known for his creative and unique tactics (Outlines of Roman History). Even fighting against the Carthaginians again…

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  • Hannibal Barca's Second Punic War

    Hannibal Barca is widely considered to have been one of the greatest military commanders of all time. In the second Punic war, he marched an army of elephants, cavalry, and infantry over the Alps to assault Rome in their home territory, his most famous achievement, and fought a war that soaked Italy in blood for more than a decade. In the end, due to lack of support from Carthage, Hannibal was unable to take Rome itself, though he defeated many Roman armies, and he was forced to return to…

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  • Second Punic War Essay

    50 years after the First Punic War, Carthage had paid off their entire 10,000 talent fee. They then believed that this meant that the treaty was expired. Numidia, an ally of Rome, had frequently raided Carthage because in the treaty Carthage had agreed not to retaliate. Carthage was outraged that the Numidians had been allowed to invade their nation, and in return, Carthage assembled a small army to attack Numidia without Roman permission. This was the opportunity Rome was waiting for. Though…

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  • Livy And Polybius Pinpoint As The Cause Of The Second Punic War

    What do Livy and Polybius pinpoint as the causes of the Second Punic War? Why should historians treat their interpretations with caution? The Second Punic War of 218-201BC demonstrated a challenge for Rome to prove its power against Carthage, and to finally establish itself as the greatest and most powerful city-state of the Mediterranean. The accounts of Roman historian Livy and Greek historian Polybius allow events surrounding the Second Punic War to be analyzed and explained in terms of…

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  • Caius Gracchus: The Hero Of The Second Punic War

    Tiberius and Gaius (Caius) Gracchus were the sons of Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus and Cornelia Africana—the daughter of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, the famed hero of the Second Punic War. These brothers were reformers whose reforms would greatly alter Rome. Who are they and what exactly did they bring about? I will start with the eldest of these brothers—Tiberius Gracchus. He was born around 164 B.C. in Rome. He was the eldest boy of the surviving three children (his mother actually…

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  • The Punic Wars Throughout History: The Battle Of Cannae

    Military tactics have evolved throughout history, one of the most important examples is the battle of Cannae. Facing all-out war against Rome for the second time, Carthage employed tactics the likes of which had not been seen. Hannibal Barca during the second Punic war forced Rome’s hand at the Battle of Cannae. Utilizing previous battle experience, the unorthodox makeup of his army and his overwhelming military tactics. Following the events of the first Punic war between Rome and carthage,…

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  • Polybius Describes The Romans Worship Of Their Ancestors Case Study

    opposite of what a Roman woman was supposed to be. 2. In Plutarch’s description Cleopatra had significant control over Antony. Plutarch states that Cleopatra had such hold over Antony that he was in Alexandria with her, while his wife was at war on his behalf. Moreover, Antony was wandering around peoples’ houses dressed as a slave and being made fun of. He was not portrayed as a dignified roman ruler, rather he was portrayed as a man under the spell of a seductive woman. Plutarch’s portrayal of…

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  • Characteristics Of Hannibal Bacra

    During his exploitation of the Italian countryside, he never lost a pitched battle against the Romans. He has been compared to Hitler in regards to his ability utterly decimate his enemy. Hitler drove the British to the edge of defeat at the beginning of world war two something Hannibal did as well during the second Punic war. “And both men enjoyed an initial string of stunning victories that drove their opponents to the very brink of collapse” (Connell P.13). Hannibal was not winning on luck…

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