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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2020 9:15 p.m. PST

"Many in the Carthaginian Empire saw the outbreak of the Second Punic War as a chance to avenge their defeat in the first, and none more so than Hannibal. He decided to take the initiative, and since Rome controlled the sea, he chose to invade the Italian peninsular by land, over the Alps from Spain. His army entered northern Italy in early November 218 BCE, and over the following couple of years Hannibal soundly defeated every army sent against him, most notably at Trebbia (218), Lake Trasimene (217) and at Cannae (216). The latter was one of the most devastating defeats Rome ever suffered, and it largely achieved Hannibal's main aim, which was to split the often reluctant Italian allies away from Rome, leaving her weaker and more vulnerable. After Cannae Hannibal marched into the lands of one of those allies – Campania – and the city of Capua opened its gates to him, celebrating their liberation from dominance by Rome. It is this triumphal entry that this set from Linear-A depicts.

It is important to start by pointing out that the inspiration for this set is a picture by Peter Connolly which appeared in several of his books and graces the front of the box. It always helps when reviewing to know where the ideas and information came from, so here that job is easy. We will refer to this illustration several times, and a larger and clearer copy of it can be found in the Connolly book ‘Hannibal and the Enemies of Rome' listed at the end…."






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