Hannibal of Carthage, Missouri

Posted Posted in Carthage

The place names in the eastern part of the state of Missouri make you feel like you’ve been transported back to the Punic Wars. This section of the USA, once part of France, was surveyed in about 1800 by a Frenchman, Antoine Pierre Soulard. Soulard loved his classical history, particularly it seems, Hannibal’s war with […]

Wood Brothers: The Early Years

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When there’s a re-schedule on BBC2 that effects a program you love, you start by looking in obvious places for explanations.  When you can’t find satisfactory answers there you might tear your hair out a bit and then start a long period of introspection. During this period of personal reflection that followed the surprising interruption […]

Hannibal, Us and Him

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Andreas Kluth, author of, Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Leader Can Teach Us About Success and Failure has written a fun post about On Hannibal’s Trail at his blog: http://andreaskluth.org/2012/01/26/hannibalhasdrubalmago-dannybensam/ The idea of Andreas’ book is that stories about lives like Hannibal’s can offer lessons and parallels to all of us.  Andreas has been fascinated by the life of […]

Hitting the Road

Posted Posted in Cycling, Filming

The first episode of On Hannibal’s Trail that aired last Friday did okay we think.  We’re not sure how to judge this, but ‘Hitting the Road’ was watched by more than 1 million people in the UK which is about four times the viewing figures we were getting on BBCFour when the show aired for the […]

Hannibal Talk in San Francisco

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If you’re free this Saturday and in San Francisco – just when you thought Wood Brothers might have had enough of Hannibal – one of us is giving a talk at the San Francisco Public Library.  ‘On Hannibal’s Trail: Biking the Alps’ starts at 1030am in the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B of the main library on 100 Larkin Street.  […]

Visiting the New Rome

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I was recently in Las Vegas where I called in on a modern reincarnation of Hannibal’s old enemy.  As you probably know, Caesars Palace is one of those incredible hotel and casino complexes along the city’s ‘Strip’, this particular one attempts to recreate the grandeur of ancient Rome with statues, temples, a forum and plenty of […]

BBC History Magazine – Zama

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Our final instalment for the BBC History Magazine is here: http://www.bbchistorymagazine.com/blog/battle-zama-%E2%80%93-hannibal-meets-his-nemesis Sunset over the modern village of Jama believed to be near where the battle of Zama took place (thanks Andrea Illescas for the photo)