OK, I admit… this post is targeted at my fellow history junkies. I’m interested in hearing y’alls’ opinion on one of the great questions of history… why didn’t Hannibal – one of the Great Captains – sack Rome during the 2nd Punic War?
Clearly, Hannibal was a genius. He led his army across great distances and quashed the Romans again and again and again. At Trebia; at Trasimene; and of course at Cannae. Hannibal had the Romans by the throat, but despite spending nearly 30 years in Italy, he never went for the jugular of Rome. Why?