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Cornelius Nepos, 'Life of Hannibal': Latin Text, Notes, Maps, Illustrations and Vocabulary

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Bret Mulligan, Haverford College

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781783741342

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

Language: English

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Reviewed by Rosina Catalan, Adjunct Professor, Butler University on 6/10/22

This book is ideal for the intermediate Latin student. A student can pick up the book and translate almost anywhere. The author provides a full introductory treatment to the genre of Biography in the ancient world, Nepos himself, and Hannibal. The... read more

Reviewed by E.Del Chrol, Professor, Marshall University on 10/25/21

Book provides everything an intermediate student needs to read this text. The Latin is clear, the explanations of grammar in the commentary and the glossary make the bar for entry very low. Each section of the commentary has a brief summary of... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Life of Nepos
  • Chapter 2: Reading Nepos
  • Chapter 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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  • About the Book

    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.

    About the Contributors


    Bret Mulligan's research focuses on the twilight of classical culture, the period now known as "Late Antiquity." In Bret is interested in the adaptive strategies taken by authors when they must contend with a frightening accumulation of tradition, a cultural moment that has many similarities with our own age. The engagement of late antique authors with their artistic predecessors allows me to dabble in the full range of Classical antiquity. And since this period was also when much of Classical culture was packaged for transmission through the medieval period to us, it also serves as an ideal jumping off-point for my interest in the Classical Tradition and the continuing influence of Classical culture. His publication include 'Translation and the Poetics of Replication in the Late Antique Latin Epigram', in The Living Past: Recasting the Ancients in Late Latin Poetry (forthcoming) and 'Coniuratio! Ethopoeia and Reacting to the Past in the Latin Classroom (and Beyond)', Classical Journal 109.3 (Feb/Mar 2014).

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