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Cornelius Nepos, life of Hannibal : Latin text, notes, maps, illustrations and vocabulary

Author: Cornelius Nepos; Brett Mulligan; Open Textbook Library,
Publisher: Cambridge : Open Book Publishers, Minneapolis : Open Textbook Library 2015- ©2015-
Series: Open Textbook Library.
Edition/Format:   Website : Document   Continually Updated Resource   Computer File : English
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"Trebia. Trasimene. Cannae. With three stunning victories, Hannibal humbled Rome and nearly shattered its empire. Even today Hannibal's brilliant, if ultimately unsuccessful, campaign against Rome during the Second Punic War (218-202 BC) make him one of history's most celebrated military leaders. This biography by Cornelius Nepos (c. 100-27 BC) sketches Hannibal's life from the time he began traveling with his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Named Person: Hannibal; Hannibal
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Continually Updated Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Cornelius Nepos; Brett Mulligan; Open Textbook Library,
ISBN: 9781783741342 1783741341 9781783741359 178374135X 9781783741366 1783741368
OCLC Number: 1001956445
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (some colour), colour maps.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgements --
List of Illustrations --
1. Life of Nepos. Historical Context ; Works of Nepos ; The Lives of Famous Men ; The Lives of Foreign Commanders ; Other Works ; Reputation in Antiquity and Beyond ; Friendships and Social Context ; The Caecilii Metelli ; Atticus and Cicero ; Catullus --
2. Reading Nepos. Four Favorite Constructions ; Three Key Words ; Why Write Biography? ; Nepos and Non-Roman Cultures ; The Biographical Tradition in Greece and Rome ; Nepos' Audience --
3. Historical Context and Hannibal. Early History of Carthage ; First Punic War (264-241 BC) ; Between the Wars ; Second Punic War (218-203 BC) ; Aftermath ; Hannibal ; Evaluating Hannibal --
Bibliography --
Chronology of Hannibal's Life --
Text of Nepos' Life of Hannibal --
Notes --
Full Vocabulary for Nepos' Life of Hannibal and Prologus to the Lives of Outstanding Commanders.
Series Title: Open Textbook Library.
Other Titles: Life of Hannibal
Responsibility: Brett Mulligan.

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"Trebia. Trasimene. Cannae. With three stunning victories, Hannibal humbled Rome and nearly shattered its empire. Even today Hannibal's brilliant, if ultimately unsuccessful, campaign against Rome during the Second Punic War (218-202 BC) make him one of history's most celebrated military leaders. This biography by Cornelius Nepos (c. 100-27 BC) sketches Hannibal's life from the time he began traveling with his father's army as a young boy, through his sixteen-year invasion of Italy and his tumultuous political career in Carthage, to his perilous exile and eventual suicide in the East. As Rome completed its bloody transition from dysfunctional republic to stable monarchy, Nepos labored to complete an innovative and influential collection of concise biographies. Putting aside the detailed, chronological accounts of military campaigns and political machinations that characterized most writing about history, Nepos surveyed Roman and Greek history for distinguished men who excelled in a range of prestigious occupations. In the exploits and achievements of these illustrious men, Nepos hoped that his readers would find models for the honorable conduct of their own lives. Although most of Nepos' works have been lost, we are fortunate to have his biography of Hannibal. Nepos offers a surprisingly balanced portrayal of a man that most Roman authors vilified as the most monstrous foe that Rome had ever faced. Nepos' straightforward style and his preference for common vocabulary make Life of Hannibal accessible for those who are just beginning to read continuous Latin prose, while the historical interest of the subject make it compelling for readers of every ability. This book contain embedded audio files of the original text read aloud by Christopher Francese."--Open Textbook Library.

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