What with publication date coming up, I thought I’d do a few posts about Carthage, and the iconic general from there who so nearly conquered the Roman Republic. What first comes to mind are the amazing textbooks I read while plotting my new quadrilogy *cough, sorry, trilogy*. There are lots of good texts out there, but some are outstanding.
Some of these would be The Punic Wars by Nigel Bagnall, Greece and Rome at War by Peter Connolly (a great all-round text, a must for any Roman enthusiast), Hannibal’s War by J.F. Lazenby, and the recent (2010) really great read Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles (who often has excellent documentaries on TV). There are a host of others, which I referred to at the back of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome 😉
If you’re after some really informative, interesting and amusing TV about Hannibal, watch the 6-part BBC minseries by Ben, Danny and Sam Wood, three Aussie brothers who last year cycled the route taken by Hannibal from Spain to Italy. Watch On Hannibal’s Trail here. There’s also rather a good BBC film about Hannibal, called Rome’s Worst Nightmare. Still plenty of room for a good Hollywood blockbuster about the man, however! Just not one starring Vin Diesel, please.