The achievements of Hannibal and his brilliant tactics paved the road for future generals to look at his tactics and use them.Sadly, no less than seven accounts of Hannibal's operations are said to have been written during his lifetime or very soon afterwards.Two of them by Greeks who accompanied him on his march from Spain and two others were Romans who fought against him.
The two main historians at odd with Hannibal's route are Polybius and Livy.Polybius was a Greek historian and wrote about Hannibal's journey 70 years after the event.Livy was a Roman historian and wrote about Hannibal's journey 120 years after the event.One of the disagreements of Hannibal's march to Rome centered around the region of the Rhone valley.
Historians have argued which route Hannibal took as his army was headed to the Alps.I will analyze in this paper the different accounts of the historians and the authors and I will create my own conclusion on which The route from Cartagena to the Rhone is hardly disputed, but northwards of Avignon there is a difference of opinions by many historians.The main point of the issue is the place where Hannibal turned eastwards from the Rhone and began the last stage of his march towards Italy.
Some authorities believe that the turning point was at the place where the river Drome flows into the Rhone, and also the river Aygues between Montelimar and Valence.Others believe that he turned off much farther north than this, along the valley of the Isere which enters the Rhone north of Valence. The author Cottrell, believed with the historians who felt it was the Drome that Hannibal followed.
One of his main reasons why he believes this route is because in 1777, Barthelemy Daillan was digging in his cellar and found the skeleton of an elephant.With it was a copper medallion, but he used it as an ornament on his shovel.It is now lost.I.