Pride of Carthage

Pride of Carthage

A Novel of Hannibal's War

Book - 2005
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An epic work of literary fiction about the superb military leader of Carthage, Hannibal Barca, and his struggle against the mighty Roman Republic. With a vast cast of characters and nationalities, twists of fate, and tales of inspired leadership, David Anthony Durham perfectly captures the legendary Hannibal's world in Pride of Carthage. Beginning in ancient Spain, where Hannibal's father had carved out a Carthaginian empire, the novel traces the origins of the war, the opening moves, and Hannibal's inspired choice to attack Rome via a land route most believed impossible. In graphic, panoramic prose, Durham describes the battles, including the icy slaughter of the Trebia; the mist-shrouded battle along Lake Trasimene; the battle of Cannae, in which Hannibal's outnumbered force surrounded and decimated seventy thousand Romans in a single afternoon; and Zama, the hard slog that proved to be the decisive contest. Along the way we meet a variety of major historical figures on both sides of the conflict, as well as characters representing the vast array of other ethnicities who played a part in the war: Iberians and Gauls, Numidians and Libyans, Macedonians and Moors. Hannibal's family is brought to life: his wife, mother, sisters, and young son, as is Publius Scipio, the young Roman who was the only match for Hannibal's genius on the field of battle -- and who eventually defeated him. Pride of Carthage is a stunning achievement in historical fiction, one that will transport readers to a world of mesmerizing authenticity of character, event, and detail.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2005
ISBN: 9780385506038
Branch Call Number: FIC Durha 6939
Characteristics: 568 p


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Sep 26, 2017

Excellent novel. The story of Hannibal is one of those ancient history subjects everyone has heard of...well, I guess I shouldn't assume that with how kids are taught these days, my daughter is in 7th grade and had no idea who he was... but most people don't know much about it except for the crossing the Alps with elephants part. This historical novel deals more with the interactions between Hannibal and the other Barca sons, and the leadership of Carthage. It seems fairly obvious that had those old men and "nobility" of Carthage not been, as usual, such a bunch of jealous and power hungry fools, the world might look a lot different today. The Carthaginians came very close to defeating the Romans in this, the 2nd Punic War, and had Hannibal had a bit more help and cooperation most of Europe might now speak languages descended from Phoenician rather than Latin. One of those little "what if" things that can make you really think. But this is an entertaining read no matter what you might or might not know about the topic. Becoming very impressed with this author.

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