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The True Story of Hannibal (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  2 January 2005 (USA)
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One of history's greatest military leaders, at age nine Hannibal accompanied his father Hamilcar Barca on the Carthaginian expedition to conquer Spain. Before embarking, the boy vowed ... See full summary »

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One of history's greatest military leaders, at age nine Hannibal accompanied his father Hamilcar Barca on the Carthaginian expedition to conquer Spain. Before embarking, the boy vowed eternal hatred for Rome, his people's bitter rival. Twenty years later, in 218 BC, he left New Carthage (now Cartagena, Spain) to wage war on "The Eternal City" with an army of about 40,000, including cavalry and elephants. After crossing the Pyrenees and Rhone River, he traversed the Alps while beset by snowstorms, landslides, and hostile mountain tribes. This 2-hour special brings to life the story of the Carthaginian general who struck fear in all Roman hearts and wreaked havoc with his masterful military tactics, bringing the mighty Roman Republic to the brink of ruin. Archaeologists, historians, and military experts guide us through ancient Carthage and give insight into his military strategy up to defeat at Zama in 203 BC. Written by Anonymous

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May have aired under a different name
23 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I believe this may have aired under the name, "Hannibal v. Rome." If so the film was mostly a good history lesson. It explains why Hannibal was considered such a historical hero. Besides using the first elephants used in warfare and his army's trip over the Alps, few people know much of Hannibal. Nor do they know what his motivation for fighting the Romans was. The film reenacts many of the scenes of him crossing the Alps. Showing elephants in this cold weather, one gets a sense for how impossible his mission was. Also, one senses the tremendous motivator he must have been to get his troops to follow him there. The historical research was excellent. Anyone wanting to know more about this part of history will want to watch. Narration documentaries like this are not exciting to watch.


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