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Hannibal a Carthaginian general and one of the greatest generals that ever lived was renown for his strategies and courageousness such as crossing the Alps and using the bottleneck strategy at Lake Trasemene He used strategies that a lot of generals at this time especially Roman generals would never think of and in doing this he almost destroyed the Roman republic Hannibals first battle took place when he was only nine He went on an expedition with his father Hamilcar Barca to conquer Spain From the beginning Carthages push into Spain Hannibal vowed eternal hatred for Rome Hannibal became Commander in Chief of Carthages army when he was 26 after his father was assassinated His conquest of the Roman town of Sagunto in Spain led to a new declaration of war by Rome which started the second Punic War and Hannibals promise to visit Roman injustice back on Rome a hundred fold For Carthage to take the town of Sagunto was completely within the rights of the Carthage and the treaty but Rome at the time was getting too big and becoming very imperialistic All Rome could see was that they had to have all of the Mediterranean and the only thing that stood in their way was a single General and his men The way in which the Romans were unconsciously straying from mos maiorum to manipulate the course of events was disturbing Though these actions were not entirely the evil work of Rome Hannibal from his earliest memories could recall nothing but hatred for Rome Hannibals Father had instilled a horrifically self-destructive desire within Hannibal to see the fall of Rome This desire manifested itself during The Second Punic War which was the ultimate fight for supremacy in the Ancient World The victor would have control over the entire Mediterranean Sea and all of the trade routes bringing land pride wealth and dominance over the victors enemies Hannibal took a 1000 mile trek
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