The following is a selection of relevant books I have been able to find - I have graded the ones I have read (out of 5 stars). The review texts are not mine.

The Punic Wars by Adrian Goldsworthy. Paperback - 412 pages (28 June, 2001) Cassell Military; ISBN: 030435967X. This book chronicles the history of the Punic Wars in a clear narrative covering both the grand strategies of the generals and the fighting on the ground and at sea of the combatants. The great pitched battles are covered in especial detail, notably Hannibal's perfect victory at Cannae in 216, which has been an inspiration for commanders as recent as the Gulf War. An epic of war and battle, this is also the story of famous generals and leaders, Including: Hannibal,; Fabius Maximus; Scipio Africanus,; and his grandson Scipio Aemilianus.
****** Excellent
War With Hannibal by Titus Livius Livy, A Penguin Classic, edited by Betty Radice, translated from the Latin by Aubrey de Sélincourt, 711pp, (paperback). Livy gives a lively and detailed account. True, this isn't an eyewitness account. He borrowed liberally from Polybius. He also must have had other sources that are long since lost, however, so his telling is his own. He also is known for being pro-Roman. His respect for Hannibal's accomplishments comes through clearly in his narrative, though, and he has no reason to belittle Hannibal or what Hannibal did. It would only belittle the Roman accomplishment in ultimately defeating a formidable foe. Moreover, Livy wrote for a Roman audience familiar with the story, so he must make his work as dramatic as tha material permits.
***** Required reading - one of the major sources.

Battle of Cannae : Hannibal's Greatest Victory by Mark Healy

Hannibal's War : A Military History of the Second Punic War by J. F. Lazenby The Hannibalic War was a turning point in the history of the Mediterranean world but, although its perennial fascination has led to the publication of an ever-increasing number of learned studies, there has been no scholarly account in English solely devoted to the war itself since Arnold's The Second Punic War published in 1886. The present work attempts to gather together fruit of research in many detailed fields, and in particular, by an analysis of the ancient sources, to ascertain what actually happened in those momentous eighteen years during which the struggle for the mastery of the Mediterranean was fought out in Italy, France, Spain, Greece and North Africa in a sense the first "world war" in history.

Hannibal by Serge Lancel, Antonia Nevill (Translator). An interesting account of Hannibal provided by this French author, who is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Grenoble. A decent account of Hannibal and an over-view of his role in the second Punic War.

The Punic Wars - Nigel Bagnall **** (Solid text but poorly illustrated)

Hannibal's War by John Peddie Contains intriguing new angles on one of the most famous military campaigns in history with 100 illustrations and maps to trace Hannibal's historic march over the Alps to conquer Rome and examines the Carthaginian's generalship.
**** (Good illustrations)
Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 265-146 BC Terence Wise's fine text details the armies of both sides of the wars, including the many different allied troops employed by the Carthaginians; Numidians, Celts, Spanish and others who helped make the army one of the most colourful and cosmopolitan of its day. The text is accompanied by numerous illustrations and photographs, including eight full page colour plates by Richard Hook.

Cannae 216 BC: Hannibal Smashes Rome's Army (Campaign Series, No 36) by Mark Healy Another great book in the Osprey Campaign series. Like all Campaign books it gives important background information on the cause of the war, the opposing leaders and the armies that fought the battle. In addition there is a detailed description of Hannibal's invasion of Italy, the preceding battles of Ticinus, Trebbia and Lake Trasimene, and the climatic clash at Cannae. It also gives an interesting account of the "Fabian" strategy of the Romans that would bring them eventual victory in the war. ***** (Excellent illustrations, intelligent critique)

Hannibal Crosses the Alps : The Enigma Re-Examined by John Prevas John Prevas is a senior lecturer Greek at Towson University and an avid Alpinist who has personally traced Hannibal's exact route as well as other possibilities suggested by the scholars over the years.

Scipio Africanus : Greater Than Napoleon by Basil Henry Liddell Hart, , Michael Grant, Paperback - 281 pages. Da Capo edition (September 1994) Reprint of the great military historian's original of 1926--under the title Greater Than Napoleon--with a new foreword by Michael Grant. In his fascinating portrait of this extraordinary commander, B.H. Liddell Hart writes, "The art of generalship does not age, and it is because Scipio's battles are richer in strategems and ruses---many still feasible today---than those of any other commander in history that they are an unfailing object lesson." Not only military enthusiasts and historians but all those interested in outstanding men will find this magnificent study absorbing and gripping.

Hannibal : A History of the Art of War Among the Carthaginians and Romans Down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B.C. by Theodore Ayrault Dodge - Theodore Ayrault Dodge was an officer in the Union army during the civil war. He saw action at Gettysburg, among other places. Dodge does a great job of providing background information such as the critical error of the Greek general Pyrrhus (why Hannibal refrained from attempting to siege Rome after Cannae), as well as a first hand account of the most likely route that Hannibal chose to march his army thru the Alps (Dodge personally visited & inspected the various passages himself). He also furnishes us with detailed information on Hannibal's brother, Hasdrubal & his ultimate defeat by Nero. At heart, however, this book is about the Second Punic War. From Hannibal's infamous triumph over Varro at Cannae to his eventual defeat at Zama in 202 BC, Dodge chronicles the successes and tribulations of this important historical figure. It is no wonder that Virgil intentionally wrote allusions to him in The Aeneid.

Hannibal by G. P. Baker. Baker betrays the 1929 origin of this book in his windy and rather platitudinous political analogies to then-current political science. At times his generalities about Hannibal's (contrasted to Rome's) political philosophy and psychology are confusingly vague. However, he does provide a solid account of the likely cause and course of this almost legendary war-leader's doomed struggle to break Rome's challenge to Carthaginian supremacy in maritime trade. The descriptions of strategies, battles, outcomes and options are well done. Baker's numerous biographies of ancient emperors and empires usually gave an informed critique of military probabilities.

Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds : A Chronological Compendium of 667 Battles to 31BC, from the Historians of the Ancient World by John Drogo Montagu 15 maps 18 battle plans 8 x 10 This comprehensive reference book on the battles of the ancient world covers events from the eighth century BC down to 31BC, when Octavian defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the battle of Actium. The author presents, in an exciting and vivid style and complete with battle plans and maps, all of the land and sea battles of the Greek and Roman worlds, based on the accounts by historians of the time.

The First Punic War : A Military History by J. F. Lazenby - For undertaking what many would call an impossible feat of reconstruction, Professor Lazenby deserves kudos. He assembles a lucid outline by sifting and comparing the ancient sources, laying out his reasoning in meticulous but rarely exhausting detail. His operating assumption is that virtually all of the recorded facts go back to something that really occurred rather than just to imagination. There are some limits to this principle. He rejects out of hand the romantic story of the consul Regulus' self-sacrifice. But he defends Polybius' enormous figures for the numbers of ships and men engaged at the Battle of Ecnomus (256 B.C.) and lost in the storm off Camarina (255 B.C.). Many readers will probably be more skeptical, but at least they are given a fair accounting of the data.

The Battle of Zama (Battles of the Ancient World) by Don Nardo

Scipio Africanus: The Man Who Defeated Hannibal by Ross Leckie The vividly re-created battle scenes and painstaking attention to historical detail that characterized Leckie's critically acclaimed novel Hannibal, are also hallmarks of the second installment in his epic trilogy on the Punic Wars and the political, economic, and military rivalry between Carthage and Rome.

Hannibal: The Novel by Leckie, Ross
*** (Colourful)

Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, by Leonard Cottrell, (Da Capo Press, Inc., 1992), first published in 1961, 257pp, illustrated (paperback). In gathering material for Hannibal, Cottrell traveled the entire route that Hannibal took across the Alps, thus bringing to his account a valuable first-hand knowledge of his subject. With the drama and authenticity for which he is famous, Leonard Cottrell describes Hannibal's amazing campaign---a saga of victory after victory which fell just short of its ultimate goal: the annihilation of Rome.

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome : Ancient Rome
by Christopher Scarre, Chris Scarre, Hardcover (September 1995)The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome (Penguin Historical Atlases)
Paperback Reprint edition (September 1995)
* Only 2 pages are really relevant.

The Young Carthaginian by G. A. Henty, Michael Fitterling (Illustrator), Unknown - original illustrations, John Clark LL. D. Unknown - additional illustrations from History of the World by Ridpath. A historical novel set during the times of Hannibal and the Punic Wars between Carthage and Rome. An adventure story that describes the campaigns of Hannibal in Iberia, Gaul, Cisalpine Gaul and at Rome's doorstep through the experiences of a young Carthaginian noble.

Video: Hannibal At War - The Story Of The Punic Wars  Starring: Bob Sessions (Pres/Narr), et al. Rank (VHS): 15,154 Edition Details: • PAL format • Colour, PAL • ASIN: B00004U0KA • Catalogue Number: HW027 The story of Hannibal and the Punic Wars, using on-location re-enactments and period imagery.
French computer CD-ROM.CARTHAGE CONTENU : L'histoire de Carthage débute avec un personnage légendaire, héroïque et tragique en même temps. Ce personnage est une femme, Elissa, appelée Didon "l'errante" par les Africains. Revivez les guerres puniques, la fondation de Carthago colonie romaine, l'apogée, le déclin et le renouveau de la civilisation carthaginoise. Visitez les plus grands sites archéologiques d'Utique, Henchir Kasbat, El Jem, Dougga Sbeîtla Bulla Regia ; découvrez aussi les mosaïques et les monnaies. 

The Great Battles of Hannibal - Computer game:
*** - clunky but fun

Hannibal Ad Portas by Glenn Pruitt. A scenario book for Archon, over 108 pages in length with maps, OBs, and Hannibal Ad Portas Archon Ratings for the complete campaign of Hannibal against Rome: Rhone 218 BC; Alps 218 BC; Trebbia 218 BC; Trasimene 217 BC; Geronium 217 BC; Cannae 216 BC; Baecula 216 BC; Metaurus 207 BC; Ilipa 206 BC; Zama 202 BC.

Alpine Elephant: In Hannibal's Tracks by John Hoyte Details: Second Printing. Fabrizio, 1970. A humorous account of the author's expedition with Jumbo the elephant (sponsored by Life magazine) to answer the question, "Which way did Hannibal cross the Alps?"

The First Punic War - Lazenby, John Trade Paperback, 224 Pages, Stanford University Press, April 1996 ISBN: 0804726744 Author: The First Punic War (264-241BC) was the longest continuous war in ancient history, and arguably one of the most important. Fought between Carthage and Rome, it marks the point at which Rome ceased to be an essentially Italian power and became one of the great powers of the Mediterranean world.
Makers of Rome: Nine Lives by Plutarch, (Viking Penguin, 1960), Classics Series, introduction and translation by Ian Scott-Kilvert, 368pp, $11.65 (paperback). In his Lives Plutarch showed himself to be not only an inspired portrait-painter but a social historian of lasting importance. For Makers of Rome Ian Scott-Kilvert has selected nine of the Roman lives, from the earliest years of the Republic to the establishment of the Empire, to illustrate the courage and tenacity of the Romans in war and their genius for political compromise. These nine include the three Shakespearean heroes, Coriolanus, Brutus, and Mark Antony, as well as Fabius Maximus, Marcellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, and Sertorius.

Roman Military Equipment : From the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome by M.C. Bishop, J.C.N. Coulston: out of print.

The Roman Soldier (Aspects of Greek and Roman Life Series) by George Ronald Watson Paperback Reprint edition (March 1985)

Training the Roman Cavalry : From Arrian's Ars Tactica by Ann Hyland Availability: This title is out of print.

Warfare in Antiquity : History of the Art of War by Hans Delbruck, Walter J. Renfroe Paperback Reprint edition (April 1990)

The Second Punic War: A Reappraisal, BICS 67 (London, 1996) Rich, J.

The Origins of the Second Punic War - Lazenby, J.,

Was Maharbal Right? - Rankov, B.

The Second Punic War at Sea - Sabin, P.

The Mechanics of Battle in the Second Punic War - Rawlings, L.

Celts, Spaniards and Samnites: warriors in a soldiers' war - Cornell, T.

Rose Mary Sheldon produces an impressive bibliography related to Roman history, including the following:

The Punic Wars - General
  • Bagnall, Nigel, The Punic Wars. London: Hutchinson, 1990, 320pp.
  • Barker, Philip, Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars, 1971.
  • Caven, Brian, The Punic Wars, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980.
  • Cornell,T.J., N.B. Rankov and P.A.G. Sabin, (eds) The Second Punic War: A Reappraisal, BICS Supplement 67 1996.
  • Head, D. Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars, 359 BC to 146 BC, 1982.
  • Sabin, P.A.G., "The Mechanics of Battle in the Second Punic War," in T.J. Cornell, N.B. Rankov and P.A.G. Sabin (eds) The Second Punic War: A Reappraisal, BICS Supplement 67, London: Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, 1996.
1st Punic War -264-241
  • Eckstein, A. Senate and General, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987.
  • Hoyos, Dexter, Truceless War: Carthage's Fight for Survival, 241 to 237 BC, Leiden: Brill, 2007.
  • Steinby, Christa, The Roman Boarding Bridge in the First Punic War, Arctos 34 (2000) pp. 193-210.
  • Thompson, Wesley E. "The Battle of the Bagradas" Hermes 114(1986) 111-117

  • Livy, Ad urbe condita
  • Polybius, The Histories
  • Armstrong, Donald, The Reluctant Warriors, New York: Crowell, 1965.
  • Arnold, Thomas, The Second Punic War, London: Macmillan, 1886.
  • Baker, G. P. Hannibal, New York: Dodd & Mead, 1929.
  • Canter, Howard V. "The Character of Hannibal," CJ 24 (1929) 564ff.
  • Cottrell, Leonard, Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1961.
  • De Beer, Gavin, Hannibal: Challenging Rome's Supremacy, New York: Viking, 1970.
  • Delbrueck, Hans, History of the Art of War within the Framework of Political History; Vol. 1, Antiquity, Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1975.
  • Dodge, Theodore A. Hannibal: A History of the Art of War among the Carthaginians and the Romans down to the Battle of Pydna 168 B.C. Boston: Houghton, 1891, 2 vols.
  • Dorey, T. A. & D. R. Dudley, Rome Against Carthage, London: Secker & Warburg,1968.
  • Freshfield, Douglas, Hannibal Once More, London: E. Arnold, 1914.
  • Fuller, J. F. C. A Military History of the Western World, New York: Da Capo Press, 1954. 3 vols.
  • Grant, Michael, The Army of the Caesars. New York: Charles Scribner, 1978.
  • Grundy, G. B., "The Trebbia and La ke Trasimene," Classical Review 10 (1896) 284ff.
  • Grundy, G. B., "The Trebbia and La ke Trasimene," Journal of Philology 24 (1896) 83ff.
  • Hoyos, Dexter, Hannibal's Dynasty,
  • Lamb, Harold, Hannibal: One Man Against Rome, Graden City, N.J.: Doubleday, 1958.
  • Lazenby, J. F. Hannibal's War, London: Aris & Phillips, 1978.
  • Liddell Hart, Basil, A Greater Than Napoleon: Scipio Africanus, London: Blackwood and Sons, 1926 (3rd edition 1992?)
  • Macdougall, P. L. The Campaigns of Hannibal
  • Morris, William O. Hannibal, Soldier, Statesman, Patriot, NY: E. Putnam, 1897.
  • O'Connell, Robert,"The Roman killing Machine, " Quarterly Journal of Military History (Autumn, 1988) pp. 30-41.
  • Rings, Guido, "Der Zweiten Punische Krieg. Anmerkungen zur Historiographie von Kriegsausbruch und Kriegsfolgen," Militärgeschichtlichen Mitteilungen 56 (1997) Heft. 1 157-162.
  • Schmitt, Tassilo, Hannibal's Siegeszug: historiographische und historische Studien vor allem zu Polybios und Livius, Quellen und Forsch zur Antiken Welt #10 Munchen 1991 388pp.
  • Scullard, Howard Hayes, Scipio Africanus in the Second Punic War 2nd ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1930.
  • Shean, J.F., 'Hannibal's Mules: The Logistical Limitations of Hannibal's Army and the Battle of Cannae, 216 BC', Historia 45 (1996), 159-187.
  • Smith, R. Bosworth, Rome and Carthage,
  • Warmington, B. H. Carthage. New York: Praeger, 1960.
  • Wise, Terence, The Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 265-146 B.C. London: Osprey Series, 1988.
Siege of Saguntum, 219 B.C.
  • Heubner, Frederike, "Hannibal und Sagunt bei Livius," Klio LXXIII (1991) 70-82.
Crossing the Rhone
  • Bryhim, S. O. "Hannibal's Elephants and the Crossing of the Rhone," CQ XLI (1991) 121-125.
Crossing the Alps
  • De Beer, Gavin, Alps and Elephants, New York: Dutton, 1956.
  • Law, Wiilliam John, The Alps of Hannibal, London: Macmillan, 1866.
  • Torr, Cecil, Hannibal Cross the Alps, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1911.
  • Wilkinson, Spenser, Hannibal's March Through the Alps, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1911.

  • Marchetti, G. & Aglio, P.L. dall' "Geomorfologia e vicende storiche nel territorio piacentino, I: la battaglia del Trebbia (218 a.C.) Atti del Geol. della Univ. di Pavia 30 (1982) 142-160.
  • Susini, G. "In margine alla battaglia della Trebbia" RSA 13-14 (1983-1984) 69-74.
  • Daly, G., Cannae, London, 2002.
  • Lazenby, J.F. Hannibal's War, Aris & Phillips, Warminster, 1978. 74-86
  • Samuels, M. "The reality of Cannae," Militargeschichtliche Mitteilungen 47 (1990) 7-29.
  • Creasy, The Metaurus, in: The Six decisive Battles of the World
  • Alfieri, Nereo, "La Battaglia del Metauro," Picus 8 (1988) 7-35.
  • Henderson, B. W., The Campaign of the Metaurus,"
  • reviewed: English Historical Review 13 (1898) p.417
  • reviewed by Oehler, Berliner philologische Wochenschrift, 9 (1899) p.428 .
  • "Tomb of Hasdrubal and Battle of the Metaurus, " Journal Section(s): NOTES, Notes and Queries .4:1:4 (1868:Jan. 25) p.69
  • Burck, Erich, "Die Endphase der Schlacht am Metaurus bei Silius Italicus (Punica 15, 759-16, 22)," Wiener Studien, n.s.:16=95 (1982) p.260
  • H.H. Scullard, "The Site of the Battle of Zama" in Polis and Imperium. Studies in Honour of Edward Togo Salmon, Toronto, 1974 35-58.