Great Battles in History

Cannae, Part 6-The Thunderbolt: Hannibal's Invasion of Italy

October 04, 2020 Darryl Dee Season 1 Episode 2
Great Battles in History
Cannae, Part 6-The Thunderbolt: Hannibal's Invasion of Italy
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Great Battles in History
Cannae, Part 6-The Thunderbolt: Hannibal's Invasion of Italy
Oct 04, 2020 Season 1 Episode 2
Darryl Dee

Rome declared war on Carthage in 218 BCE, beginning the Second Punic War. Hannibal immediately put in motion a bold and risky plan. He marched his army from Spain across southern Gaul, crossed the Alps, and fell on Italy like a thunderbolt. In the next two years, he won brilliant victories at the Trebia and Lake Trasimene. Shocked by their defeats, the Romans appointed a Dictator, Fabius Maximus. Nicknamed the Delayer, Fabius avoided battle with Hannibal until the Romans had regained their strength and confidence.

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Rome declared war on Carthage in 218 BCE, beginning the Second Punic War. Hannibal immediately put in motion a bold and risky plan. He marched his army from Spain across southern Gaul, crossed the Alps, and fell on Italy like a thunderbolt. In the next two years, he won brilliant victories at the Trebia and Lake Trasimene. Shocked by their defeats, the Romans appointed a Dictator, Fabius Maximus. Nicknamed the Delayer, Fabius avoided battle with Hannibal until the Romans had regained their strength and confidence.