Tuesday, August 2, 2011

On August 2

On this day in ...
... 216 B.C., under the command of Hannibal, armed forces from Carthage defeated a much larger army of the Roman Republic at Cannae (right) in southeast Italy. (photo credit) This battle of the 2d Punic War "is regarded as one of the greatest tactical feats in military history and, in terms of the numbers killed, the second greatest defeat of Rome." Not only was Rome's army "effectively destroyed as a fighting force," but several of its city-states consequently defected to Carthage, centered in what is now Tunisia.

(Prior August 2 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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