Cornelius Nepos, Life of Hannibal: Latin Text, Notes, Maps, Illustrations and Vocabulary - cover image

Book Series

Copyright

Bret Mulligan

Published On

2015-10-05

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-132-8
Hardback978-1-78374-133-5
PDF978-1-78374-134-2
HTML978-1-80064-494-6
XML978-1-78374-639-2
EPUB978-1-78374-135-9
MOBI978-1-78374-136-6

Language

  • English

Print Length

174 pages (xii + 162)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 9 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.37" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 11 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.44" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback560g (19.75oz)
Hardback935g (32.98oz)

Media

Illustrations13

OCLC Number

993988513

LCCN

2019467885

BIC

  • DB
  • HBLA1
  • CFP

BISAC

  • LIT004190
  • FOR016000
  • HIS002020

LCC

  • DG249

Keywords

  • Cornelius Nepos
  • Hannibal
  • Chartage
  • Ancient Rome
  • Punic wars
  • Latin literature
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Cornelius Nepos, Life of Hannibal

Latin Text, Notes, Maps, Illustrations and Vocabulary

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 contains embedded audio files of the original text read aloud by Christopher Francese.

Reviews

Over the years, Cornelius Nepos has given many students of Latin their first opportunity to read through an entire (shorter) work with ease. But until now there has been no resource as intellectually satisfying and pedagogically effective as Bret Mulligan provides for the Life of Hannibal...Mulligan's volume makes me excited about the next time I will get to use it...and about how DCC and Open Book are making ancient texts more accessible than ever before, both materially and conceptually.

Dr James Ker

"Cornelius Nepos: Life of Hannibal. Latin text, notes, maps, illustrations, and vocabulary". The Classical Outlook (0009-8361), vol. 91, no. 2, 2016.

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Additional Resources

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

1. Life of Nepos

2. Reading Nepos

3. Historical Context and 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

Preface

Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

1. Life of Nepos

2. Reading Nepos

3. Historical Context and 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


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