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HANNIBAL BARCA - Facts, Quotes etc.

 

Quotes

 

On the battlefield.

We will either find a way, or make one.

 

Before consuming poison at Bithynia.

It is now time to end the anxiety of the Romans. Clearly they are no longer able to wait for the death of an old man who has caused them so much concern.

 

In 216 BC while Hannibal’s vastly outnumbered army stood facing the Roman legions Officer Gisgo voiced concern

‘It is astonishing to see so great a number of men.’

Hannibal sensed his anxiety and decided to turn it his own way: ‘Yes, Gisgo, you are right, but there is one thing you have not noticed.’

‘What is that, sir?’ asked the puzzled officer.

‘In all that great number of men opposite us there is not a single one named Gisgo.’

 

Military Thought at Trebia

In his second encounter with the Roman army (lead by consul Sempronius), Hannibal took advantage of his adversary’s temperament and the situation at hand. Because of the recent victory against the Carthaginians, the Roman army was proud and haughty; and Sempronius, who kept in mind the upcoming elections for new consulships, seemed determined to have a victory to his credit before his term was up. These factors made it plain to Hannibal that the Romans would not be cautious and would quickly give battle.

 

Hannibal set up an ambush on the Roman side of the river Trebia. This contingent was well stocked with supplies and given advance knowledge of the plan. They rested and lay in wait. Meanwhile Hannibal prepared his cavalry to go into the Roman camp early in the morning and draw the entire contingent into battle. Once all the Romans were involved the cavalry was to feign retreat and draw the Romans across the river at which point the ambush would attack the Roman rear.

 

The groggy and hungry Roman soldiers were no match for the well-rested and adequately fed army of Hannibal.

 

Sigmund Freud

Hannibal and Oliver Cromwell were Freud’s heroes from an early age because they represented standing up to imperialistic Vienna (where Freud grew up). Hannibal was also a Semite like Freud; and Freud related himself to Hannibal to an extent that like the general who never reached Rome, Freud himself was psychologically unable to enter the city. Hannibal also represented to Freud the heroism that he saw lacking in his own father.

 

Hannibal and Rome symbolized the opposition between the Jewish tenacity and the organizing spirit of the Catholic Church. The wish to go to Rome became at the delirious level the veil and symbol of many other ardent wishes, which need for their achievement persevering and steadfast hard work... and their fulfillment seems to be as less favored by destiny as was Hannibal's lifetime wish to enter Rome - Freud: The Interpretation of Dreams.

 

Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith

The leader of the A-team - Colonel John Smith is nicknamed Hannibal because of the unorthodox methods he adopts when tackling situations. Similarities between the two men are compared here.

 

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