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Hannibal: A History of the Art of War Among the Carthaginians and Romans Down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B.C., With a Detailed Account of the Second Punic War (English Edition)

Hannibal: A History of the Art of War Among the Carthaginians and Romans Down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B.C., With a Detailed Account of the Second Punic War (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Theodore Ayrault Dodge
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Hannibal was one of the greatest military commanders in history. During the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage, he led a ragtag army out of Iberia, on an epic march over the Pyrenees and Alps, and down into northern Italy. There he won three dramatic victories – at Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae – and utterly humiliated the young Roman Republic. For the next fifteen years he continued to occupy parts of Italy, and inflicted many more stinging defeats on Roman armies, despite a chronic lack of supplies and support from Carthage.

Theodore Ayrault Dodge's classic history of Hannibal was first published in 1891, as part of his “Great Captains” series. The author, an experienced military officer and historian, follows the great march of Hannibal's army, reconstructs all of his battles based on personal observation of the battlefields, and explains his lasting impact on the art of war. “Hannibal” remains unequaled as the most comprehensive and readable study of one of history's great generals. This ebook edition includes an active table of contents, reflowable text, and over 200 campaign maps, battle diagrams, and illustrations.

Table of Contents:
 • I. Carthage, 900–200 B.C.
 • II. The Punic Army and Navy, 600–200 B.C.
 • III. Carthaginian Wars, 480–277 B.C.
 • IV. The Early Army of Rome, 600–350 B.C.
 • V. The Roman Army of the Third Century
 • VI. Rank and Discipline – Equipment and Rations
 • VII. Fortification – Camp Duty – War
 • VIII. Early Roman Wars, 400–272 B.C.
 • IX. The First Punic War – The Roman Navy – Hamilcar Barca, 264–218 B.C.
 • X. The Lion’s Brood, 241–220 B.C.
 • XI. Saguntum, Spring to Fall, 219 B.C.
 • XII. Hannibal Starts for Italy, May 218 B.C.
 • XIII. Catalonia, July and August, 218 B.C.
 • XIV. From the Rhone to the Alps, Fall 218 B.C.
 • XV. The Foothills of the Alps, October 218 B.C.
 • XVI. The Summit of the Alps, October 218 B.C.
 • XVII. The Army of Italy on the Po, November 213 B.C.
 • XVIII. Manœuvring. November and December, 218 B.C.
 • XIX. The Battle of the Trebia, December 218 B.C.
 • XX. The Arnus Marshes, Spring 217 B.C.
 • XXI. A Flanking Manœuvre. Spring 217 B.C.
 • XXII. The Battle of Lake Trasimene, April 217 B.C.
 • XIII. Fabius Cunctator, Summer 217 B.C.
 • XXIV. A Curious Stratagem, Fall 217 B.C.
 • XXV. Minucius, Fall 217 B.C.
 • XXVI. Æmilius Paulus and Varro, Spring 216 B.C.
 • XXVII. The Battle of Cannæ. June 216 B.C.
 • XXVIII. After Cannæ. Summer 216 B.C.
 • XXIX. Marcellus. Fall 216 B.C.
 • XXX. Campania. 215 B.C.
 • XXXI. Making a New Base. 214 B.C.
 • XXXII. Tarentum Won. 213 B.C.
 • XXXIII. A Wonderful March. 212 B.C.
 • XXXIV. Capua. 211 B.C.
 • XXXV. Another Roman Army Destroyed. 210 B.C.
 • XXXVI. Tarentum Lost. 209 B.C.
 • XXXVII. Marcellus’ Death. 208 B.C.
 • XXXVIII. Hasdrubal and Nero. 207 B.C.
 • XXXIX. The Metaurus Campaign. Summer 207 B.C.
 • XL. Scipio. 206–205 B.C.
 • XLI. On To Carthage. 204–203 B.C.
 • XLII. Zama. Spring 202 B.C.
 • XLIII. The Man and Soldier
 • XLIV. Hannibal and Alexander
 • XLV. Legion versus Phalanx. 197–168 B.C.
 • Appendix A
 • Appendix B
 • Table of Dates


}Hannibal is often considered the finest general the world has ever known. Setting out from Carthaginian-dominated Spain with a small army of select troops, he fought his way over the Pyrenees and crossed the Alps with elephants and a full baggage train. Descending into Italy, he destroyed the main Roman army at Lake Trasimeno and came close to conquering Rome itself. At Cannae, Hannibal's brilliant cavalry tactics enabled him to cut to pieces a reassembled Roman army, and his subsequent defeats over a fifteen-year stay in Italy were due more to lack of sufficient support from home than to any failings of generalship.T. A. Dodge's classic history, first published in 1891, is equally perceptive of Hannibal's military prowess and his visionary character. Dodge followed Hannibal's route from Carthage to Italy, paying particular attention to the famous crossing of the Alps, exploring every pass in order to determine Hannibal's route. In this book, he wrote an entire history of the art of war among these two mighty armies and included hundreds of invaluable illustrations. Hannibal remains unequaled as the most comprehensive and readable study of history's greatest general. }


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  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: B004S6059S
  • Verlag: Tales End Press (3. August 2012)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen History as if written yesterday 8. Februar 2000
Von Tom Munro
Dodge's book was written over a hundred years ago. The author has traveled around the battlefields of the second Punic War and tried to work out from the existing historical sources what really happened. Dodge was an army officer who served in the American Civil War. As such he knows the difficulty of moving large bodies of men, of supplying them with food, the difficulties of feeding horses and keeping them in good condition.
The book establishes the greatness of Hannibal. Very little is left to tell us much of what Carthaginian civilization was like. Coins and sculpture suggest that the Greeks heavily influenced it. We know that Carthage was an oligarchy and that it was a city that traded extensively.
It seems that it was probably a city that depended on slavery to produce its agricultural produce. This led to Rome having a pronounced advantage in the conflicts between the two cities. Rome had a sizeable peasant class who were integrated into its civil life. The Roman peasant class formed the basis of its armies. Rome as well had built up a coalition of allied cities some of which shared the benefits of citizenship. This meant that in any conflict Rome was able to put in the field 750,000 soldiers. In addition it had considerable economic power. Thus in the first Punic war Rome was able to build a number of fleets to challenge the Carthaginians at sea. The Carthaginians did not have a large class of landed peasants who could be mobilized and they depended on mercenary armies. The history of Carthage prior to their first war with Rome was not a history of military brilliance. Carthage had considerable problems in maintaining their control over about a third of Sicily fighting a large number of wars with the Greek city of Syracuse.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A magnificent story of a brilliant general 23. Februar 2000
Theodore Ayrault Dodge was an officer in the Union army during the civil war. He saw action at Gettysburg, among other places. As a soldier, Dodge gives a unique, in-the-trenches perspective to military history that can be lost amongst history professors who sometimes tend to view their discipline from the ivory towers of academia. Although this is the only book I have read on the life of Hannibal, I cannot fathom anyone writing a more thorough biography of this singularly extraordinary individual. Dodge does a great job of providing background information such as the critical error of the Greek general Pyrrhus (why Hannibal refrained from attempting to siege Rome after Cannae), as well as a first hand account of the most likely route that Hannibal chose to march his army thru the Alps (Dodge personally visited & inspected the various passages himself). He also furnishes us with detailed information on Hannibal's brother, Hasdrubal & his ultimate defeat by Nero.
At heart, however, this book is about the Second Punic War (also known as the war against Hannibal). Dodge gives us an exhilerating picture of how this man led a basically rag-tag army of mercenaries against the greatest fighting machine the world had ever known.....and somehow managed to win, anyway. From his infamous triumph over Varro at Cannae to his eventual defeat at Zama in 202 BC, Dodge chronicles the successes and tribulations of this important historical figure. It is no wonder that Virgil intentionally wrote allusions to him in The AEneid.
For those who enjoy this book, I would HIGHLY recommend the biography that B.H. Liddell Hart wrote on the life of Scipio Africanus for a glimpse of the "other side" of this struggle.
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I read the back of the dust-jacket and was hooked: "It was an excellent idea to reintroduce Americans to this 104-year-old book, which has never been bettered."

This is the sort of thing I have been looking for but just didn't know it. I have always been curious to learn the day-to-day details of life in the Roman legions. Colonel Dodge satisfied my wish-- providing just the sort of matter of fact, down-to-earth information I hungered for. How did the Legionaires stand in battle? What did their sandals look like? How much were they paid? What were their formations and signals? All accompanied by the author's own illustrations.

The author, a decorated veteran of the American Civil War, was the first scholar to actually go and visit all of the battlefields of Hannibal. And of course, any book about Hannibal must equally be about his Roman adversaries.

Although the text is over one hundred years old, it is still easy to read. I enjoyed the author's style-- very easy going, with occasional quaint lapses of grammar: For instance, when speaking of the Romans, he writes "Their tactics was simple."

At first I thought it was a typo, then I realized he was making a point-- the Legions has only ONE tactic: to always attack. Coming as it does at the end of a well-researched and charmingly presented chapter, I found it to be a delightful and unorthodox conclusion to a convincing argument. I'll leave it to you to discover other such gems on your own!

It's like having one of those old nineteenth century school professors come to life and then discover he is really funny and not at all boring and actually a pretty nice guy. Go ahead and buy this book-- for under twenty dollars it is a real bargain.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply amazing. I'w will try T.A. Dodge again
First of all, beeing a spaniard (sorry for my english) I was quite suprised to find this huge book in the darkest corner of the word (a little, very old, bookshop in Istambul,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 2. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wondeful - well written - knew his stuff
I don't want to repeat the comments below - I'll just say its one of the better history books I've read in the last few years.
Am 7. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen This is the way history should be written...
I enjoy and trust the historians of the past more than the current(last 50 years). This is one of those times. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen An extremly entertaining book
Hannibal by T.A. Dodge was a very complete and entertaining book. Dodge explains his interpretations of the histories writen by Livy and Polybius. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. September 1998 von
4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent research of field tactics in Ancient Warfare
Author provides exact details in reference to troop movements and tactics from both sides of the 2nd Punic War. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. März 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Read! Dodge is a talented writer
The book is great. Hannibal had the ability to conquer all of the Roman Empire if he had been properly supported by his homeland. Lesen Sie weiter...
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