Definition: Second of
Hannibal's great victory over Rome. Roman soldiers under
Consul Flaminius had pursued Hannibal to Lake Trasimene.
Hannibal made a great show of entering the area around the
lake by a narrow pathway. Despite warnings to the contrary,
Flaminius decided to pursue what he thought were retreating
troops. The narrow pathway wound between a high mountain and
a deep lake. When the Romans began their pursuit, mists from
the lake were already obscuring the way. Suddenly, the
entire Carthaginian army descended onto the startled Roman
troops. The victory was short and very bloody. Hannibal's
men killed 15,000 Romans and captured 10,000.
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