Hannibal Barca (born c. 247 BC) was the son of the great Carthaginian general, Hamilcar. The Barcas were a family of military leaders, the greatest generals of Carthage. Hamilcar had fought the Romans in the First Punic War (264-241 BC) but was forced to evacuate Sicily after the Romans destroyed the Carthaginian fleet, a humiliation for which he never forgave the Romans. Hamilcar passed on the duty of revenge to his young son, who at the age of 9, was made to swear a blood oath, vowing one day to defeat Rome. Young Hannibal was taken from Carthage to the Spanish colonies where he was raised. While he grew up infatuated with war, Hannibal was also highly cultured, and reportedly composed literature in both Punic and Greek.
As a general, Hannibal was a master of improvisation from a highly advanced culture whose shipbuilding technology was unmatched in the world. He is known as the “father of strategy.” The Romans came to adopt Hannibal’s legendary tactics and his double pincer maneuver is still taught as an example of military excellence at the US Military Academy, West Point, today.
CARTHAGE & THE ELITE FORCE
The Carthaginians are a highly cultured tribe with a professional war machine at their disposal. When our story begins, Carthage is a once-great empire that has been weakened by its earlier losses to Rome, the rising power in the Mediterranean. Now, Hannibal stands as the last great hope – the only thing standing between the Republic and total domination of the ancient world. He raises a massive, multi-ethnic army by uniting the barbarian tribes against a common enemy to stop Rome before it’s too late.
Range: Northern Africa with territories in the Mediterranean and Iberia