Saturday, October 18, 2014

On the Punic Wars

PUNIC WATCH: A number of articles relating to the Punic Wars have been piling up in my inbox. Here they are:

First, a series of brief, vivid, popular articles on the Punic Wars by Travis Simpson in the Courier News.

The First Punic War
History time, folks.

I like Hannibal, son of Hamilcar Barca. If I hadn’t told you previously that he was a historical figure, you wouldn’t have believed me. His story has the makings of a fantasy novel, or perhaps and episode or three of Game of Thrones.

It’s got...blood oaths, vengeance, monsters and a lot of bloodshed.

Hannibal was from Carthage, a city on the Mediterranean, and his story is the story of the Punic Wars and the fall and eventual destruction of Carthage.

The Second Punic War
Imagine you are a roman soldier. You’ve been equipped with a spear, armor and a sword. Across the battlefield is a creature you’ve likely never seen in your life. It’s lumbers over you, a gray fleshed giant.

As the sounds of battle surround you, the creature centers on your phalanx — on you and your fiends. You look at your weapons. Just what will bring this thing down? You watch as is stomps and crashes its way over the men in front of you. Many dropped their weapons and ran.
Sort of like the battle of Minas Tirith.

Second Punic Wars, continued
Hannibal spent his entire life with a seething hatred of the empire across the Mediterranean. He was bred to cross the Alps, to cause an uprising and to spark fear in the heart of Rome.

On the other side, you have Publius Scipio. Scipio’s father (of the same name) discovered Hannibal’s army as it crossed the Alps and was able to warn Rome of the incoming apocalypse. He was gravely wounded in the Battle of Ticinus and was only saved by the bravery of his son.

Almost 16 years later, Scipio (the son) meets Hannibal head on in the Battle of Zama with almost two decades of mutual hatred, murder and destruction between the two empires.

These two men have known nothing else.
Cool story about their meeting after Hannibal's defeat. Part four, on the Third Punic War, is still forthcoming.

Second, a snippet on the latest regarding Halle Berry's Hannibal miniseries (not to be confused with Vin Diesel's Hannibal movie trilogy project): CBS orders new seasons of Halle Berry's 'Extant' and 'Under the Dome' (Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer).
Berry has another big-budget television project in the works. She is the executive producer behind the miniseries "Hannibal" being developed for the History Channel. It will tell the story of one of the greatest generals in antiquity, Hannibal Barca, and his arch-rival, Scipio Africanus, who went head-to-head in the Second Punic War.
More on this miniseries and on Hannibal himself is here and links.