Ancient Rome: An Illustrated History by Marshall Cavendish Reference

By Marshall Cavendish Reference

Historical Rome tracks the growth from the mythical founding of Rome via Romulus in 753 BCE, to the heights of the Roman Empire round 117 CE, and directly to the demise of Theodosius (the final guy to rule over a unified Roman Empire) in 395 CE.

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Hannibal was pursued by a Roman army led by the newly appointed dictator, Fabius, who avoided any direct confrontation. This policy was unpopular in Rome and soon earned Fabius the nickname cunctator (dawdler). Nevertheless, Fabius eventually inflicted some serious damage on Hannibal, and his presence encouraged the southern Italian cities to remain loyal to Rome. When Fabius’s six-month term as dictator was over, command of the Roman army was given to two new consuls, Gaius Terentius Varro and Lucius Aemilius Paulus.

C) 2011 Marshall Cavendish. All Rights Reserved. The move incensed the Romans, who dispatched a fleet under the general Valerius Laevinus to the Adriatic in 214 BCE. Over the course of the next nine years, there were a number of skirmishes between Roman and Macedonian forces, but no large-scale, conclusive battles. This largely uneventful struggle is known as the First Macedonian War. D After the Second Punic War ended in 201 BCE, the senate felt that not enough had been done to punish Philip for his alliance with Hannibal.

Hasdrubal crosses the Alps Hasdrubal succeeded in marching overland to Italy and, in 207 BCE, crossed the Alps to reach the northern Italian Peninsula. Augmenting his army with troops supplied by Gauls and Ligurians, he proceeded south, intending to meet up with Hannibal and mount a joint attack on Rome. However, he was surprised at the Metaurus River by a Roman force under the command of the consul Gaius Claudius Nero. In the ensuing battle, Hasdrubal’s army was annihilated, and he himself was killed.

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