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ns of Hannibal with the map of Europe before your eyes.
You will find that General, after having overthrown the allies of Rome in Spain, marching through the South of France upon Italy.
He crosses the Alps in the face of difficulties almost superhuman, and by a mere cavalry battle becomes master of Piedmont and Lombardy, with all its warlike inhabitants, burning with hatred to Rome, and eager to join him in overthrowing her power.
A bloody battle on the Trebia gives him possession of all Tuscany.
Another, near Perugia, puts the whole States of the Church, with the exception of a small space immediately around Rome, into his hands.--Partly by force, partly by bribery, he makes himself master of nearly all the great towns and municipalities lying to the east and southeast of Rome, until he works his way deep into the kingdom of Naples.
The unheard of victory of Cannæ, in which out of a Roman army of 87,000 men all were killed or taken prisoners but 3,000, was fought on the Ofanto,