‘His Career Was a Failure but of the Most Glittering Kind.’ Is This a Fair Assessment of Hannibal? Analyse Hannibal’s Greatness and the Reasons for His Ultimate Failure.
The glittering nature of his career is perhaps best shown by how the opposing forces saw him. Many years after the defeat of Hannibal’s forces, while he himself never again threatened Rome, the memory of him constantly did. This illustrates his tremendous impact. Hannibal had struck fear into Rome. Hannibal forged himself into folklore as a cruel and crafty invader of the Roman land, who was only stopped by epic courage and determination. “No Carthaginian record of Hannibal’s exploits survived. The only record comes from the Romans who admired him as much as they feared him, for his tactical ability and his willingness to share the hardships of his men.” (100 Great Military Commanders, 2004, pg. 15) His name for centuries after his death continued to inspire fear as many parents would tell their children that if they were to misbehave, that Hannibal would come and get them in the night. Hannibal because a figure of terror in the mind of the