Hannibal by Jacob Abbott



“Hannibal” is a historical biography written by Jacob Abbott. It is part of Abbott’s series of biographies that focuses on notable historical figures. In this book, Abbott explores the life and achievements of one of the most renowned military commanders in history, Hannibal Barca.

The biography delves into Hannibal’s early life, including his upbringing in Carthage, his military training, and the influence of his father, Hamilcar Barca. It then follows Hannibal’s military career, highlighting his famous crossing of the Alps with his army and his remarkable victories against the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War, including the battles of Cannae and Lake Trasimene.

Abbott’s writing provides insights into Hannibal’s military strategies, leadership qualities, and the geopolitical context of his time. The book also touches upon the enmity between Carthage and Rome and the broader consequences of Hannibal’s actions on the ancient world.