Roman Republic Question:

Who was Hannibal and why was he important?


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Hannibal was a Carthaginian general during the 2nd Punic War. Starting from Spain, which was a Carthaginian state, Hannibal led his army over the Alps and invaded Italy (Roman Empire). He brought with him several war elephants, most of which died during the mountain crossing. He spent 15 years fighting in the Italian peninsula, attacking and defeating the Roman troops he found. The Romans were afraid he would even attack Rome itself. He finally left Italy, but only because the Romans had sent an army to attack Carthage, again, and he was needed to defend the city. The Story of Hannibal