Sunday, 11 March 2012
|The 'corvus' or crow|
Gaius Duilius was the first of all Roman leaders to receive a triumph for a naval victory, won over the Carthaginians during the First Punic War (264–241).
|Hannibal vs. Allobroges|
The first reference to the Allobroge tribe of Gaul is made by the Greek historian, Polybius, who described Hannibal's crossing of the Alps in 218 BC. They were one of the richest and most powerful nations of Gaul. Because of their territory, among the most extensive in south-eastern Gaul, they controlled part of the Rhône Valley, and were situated at the point where all the roads across the Alps arrived.
The Allobroges attempted to prevent Hannibal from crossing when he entered the first passes. But they were not successful.
|Silver Denarius with Elephants |
drawing a chariot.
Minted in Rome - circa 125 B.C.
Other members of the Metellus family figured in the story of Hannibal and his family.
Friday, 9 March 2012
|The entry of Hannibal in Capua|
(engraving from the XVII century)
It was not to be and the 'soft living' available in Capua may have diverted the almost unstoppable military momentum that Hannibal had built up.
There was also a heavy price to pay when Capua was subsequently recaptured by the Romans.
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
|Gracchus addressing the Concilium Plebis|
There is one further historical footnote to the destruction of Carthage by Rome - by the adoptive grandson of Scipio Africanus - and it involves another of the Scipio clan, Gaius Gracchus, the son of Africanus' daughter, Cornelia.