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Pride of Carthage : A Novel of Hannibal
by David Anthony Durham


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This epic retelling of the legendary Carthaginian military leader s assault on the Roman empire begins in Ancient Spain, where Hannibal Barca sets out with tens of thousands of soldiers and 30 elephants. After conquering the Roman city of Saguntum, Hannibal wages his campaign through the outposts of the empire, shrewdly befriending peoples disillusioned by Rome and, with dazzling tactics, outwitting the opponents who believe the land route he has chosen is impossible.  Read more...


 
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Overview

This epic retelling of the legendary Carthaginian military leader s assault on the Roman empire begins in Ancient Spain, where Hannibal Barca sets out with tens of thousands of soldiers and 30 elephants. After conquering the Roman city of Saguntum, Hannibal wages his campaign through the outposts of the empire, shrewdly befriending peoples disillusioned by Rome and, with dazzling tactics, outwitting the opponents who believe the land route he has chosen is impossible. Yet Hannibal s armies must take brutal losses as they pass through the Pyrenees mountains, forge the Rhone river, and make a winter crossing of the Alps before descending to the great tests at Cannae and Rome itself.

David Anthony Durham draws a brilliant and complex Hannibal out of the scant historical record sharp, sure-footed, as nimble among rivals as on the battlefield, yet one who misses his family and longs to see his son grow to manhood. Whether portraying the deliberations of a general or the calculations of a common soldier, vast multilayered scenes of battle or moments of introspection when loss seems imminent, Durham brings history alive.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780385722490
  • ISBN-10: 0385722494
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: January 2006
  • Page Count: 568
  • Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.25 x 1.01 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.94 pounds


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Pride of Carthage

Durham's previous books, Walk Through Darkness and Gabriel's Story, were beautifully executed dramas set in the 19th century and grounded firmly in American history. His majestic new novel departs from this familiar territory to tackle the second Punic War and the career of Hannibal, the great leader of the Carthaginian army. The novel opens in Spain, where Hannibal takes command of his troops and prepares to march on Rome. Leading a retinue of more than 100,000, including horseman and elephants, he crosses the Pyrenees, the Rhone and the Alps in a grand procession. But along the way, the army faces freezing weather, rockslides and attacks by fierce Celtic bands, and by the time Hannibal reaches Italy he has lost more than half of his troops. Scenes straight from the history books, including Hannibal's defeat outside of Rome, are replayed brilliantly here. Durham adds appealing subplots to the main storyline, including a love affair between a soldier, Imco Vaca, and a young member of the camp named Aradna. Blending historical and fictional components, he creates a detailed portrayal of the brave commander and his family. An ambitious novel that succeeds on every level, Durham's daring epic brings a distant era vividly to life.

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