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Punic Wars
Trebia River
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Definition: Last battle of the Second Punic War. Fought a few miles from Carthage. Hannibal's first and only defeat. The Romans, under General Scipio Africanus, allowed Hannibal's war elephants to charge right through suddenly empty columns between the Roman troops. Then, it was a matter of Roman discipline overpowering Carthaginian determination. The Romans won, ending the war. Hannibal went into exile shortly thereafter.

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

The Second Punic War
Article focuses on the struggle between Rome and Hannibal.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Battle of Zama
Read details about Hannibal's last fight with Rome.

The Battle of Zama Illustrated
Pictures illustrate this story of Rome's victory on African soil.

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