Boots And Sabers

Avoiding Rome

By - Mar 9th, 2009 08:01 pm
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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?

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