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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.

Related Resources:
About the Punic Wars
Start here in your study of these famous, important wars.

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

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Battle According to Livy
Read about the famous battle in the words of the famous historian.

Interactive Map of the Second Punic War
Watch the map change to see how the war progressed.

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