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The Republican march on Rome

19 November 2022

1:48 AM

19 November 2022

1:48 AM

Perhaps the greatest defeat the Roman Republic ever suffered was at the hands of Hannibal at the Battle of Cannae in 216 BC.

Livy estimates that some 50,000 Romans were slaughtered and nearly 20,000 captured. Hannibal lost fewer than 6,000 men.

It was a brilliant tactical victory for the Carthaginian general. The sun and wind were at his back.

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