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Definition: Hannibal's greatest victory. Forced into a pitched battle, he deployed his troops to make it appear that the center of the line was weak. When the Romans charged, the center of the line gave way. The bloodthirsty Romans charged ahead, pursuing the retreating center, then found themselves flanked and completely encircled by the suddenly lively infantry and the suddenly appearing cavalry. With no place to go, the Romans fought to the death. And die they did. Of 70,000 Roman soldiers who took that day, less than 2,000 survived. Carthaginian losses were low.

Related Resources:
Ancient Rome
Learn more about the fascinating story of Rome.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Battle of Cannae
The detail at this site is amazing! Find all you need to know about Hannibal's greatest victory.

Polybius: The Battle of Cannae
Read the story of the famous battle in the words of the famous historian.

Battles of the Punic Wars
Comprehensive site examines many famous and not-so-famous battles.

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