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Hannibal’s Road, The Second Punic War in Italy, 213-203 BC, Mike Roberts. A history of the last ten years of Hannibal’s campaign in Italy, after the most famous victories had already been won, and he had won over large areas of southern Italy. Suffers somewhat from the author’s pro-Hannibal bias, which sees him discount any reports of Roman victories while believing every tale of Punic success, but is otherwise a useful account of an often neglected period in which Hannibal was still able to win battlefield victories, but was unable to defend his new allies, slowly being pushed back into the far south before eventually having to return to Africa(Read Full Review)
Zama 202 BC - Scipio crushes Hannibal in North Africa, Mir Bahmanyar. A look at the final major battle of the Second Punic War, a surprisingly difficult battle to understand, with significant differences between the main accounts of the battle, the armies involved and even its aftermath. Does a good job of working through the different sources and their accounts of the battle, producing a coherent view without hiding the difficulties.  Also covers the campaign that led up to the battle, and acknowledges the contribution by the African allies on both sides(Read Full Review)
Hannibal's Oath - The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy, John Prevas. A good biography of Hannibal, covering his entire life from childhood to his death in exile, as well as the famous period of dramatic victories over the Romans in Italy. Pitched at the interested non-historian, and covers his entire life story, from childhood, through the long years of war in Italy to exile in the east. Paints a picture of an obsessed figure whose career in Italy peaked early, and who spent most of his time in Italy unable to find a way to come to grips with the Romans, before continuing to campaign against them even when in exile (Read Full Review)
Try Ancient Warfare magazine for 6 months. Click to subscribeAncient Warfare IX Issue 4: Clash of the Colossi - The First Punic War Focuses on the First Punic War, a clash between the expanding Roman Empire and the long established Carthaginian Empire, then the dominant naval power of the western Mediterranean. Looks at two of the rare land battles of this war, the use of elephants and the all important naval clashes. Away from the theme covers the debate on PTSD in Ancient Greece and also includes a short story set during the time of Alexander the Great. [see more]
Carthaginian Warrior, 264-146 BC, Nic Fields. A look at the very varied armies that served Carthage in its long series of wars against Rome in the central and western Mediterranean, examining the origins of the soldiers, their equipment, organisation, pay and way of life. Fields has to cover a lot of ground, as by this period Carthage raised its armies from across the Mediterranean. [read full review]
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Ancient Warfare Volume III Issue 4 . Ancient Warfare Vol III, Issue 4: August/ September 2009: Implacable enemies: the Barcids at War. A nice spread of articles on Hannibal and his family, looking at Cannae, Hannibal's siege craft, Hasdrubal's invasion of Italy and the Barcid army, supported by articles on the Ancient Egyptian Archer and a 7th century Byzantine military treatise that portrays a very unfamiliar cavalry army. [see more] Try Ancient Warfare magazine for 6 months. Click to subscribe
cover The Punic Wars, Adrian Goldsworthy. An excellent work which covers all three Punic wars. Strong on both the land and naval elements of the wars.
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Try Ancient Warfare magazine for 6 months. Click to subscribeAncient Warfare Volume III Issue 1. This is the first magazine that we have reviewed, and contains a wide-ranging selection of articles looking at the role of the mercenary in ancient warfare, from the Nubian archers of the Pharaohs to the Germanic auxiliaries of the later Roman Empire. These are well written articles aimed at the educated general reader with an interest in the topic, with a focus on the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. [see more]

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