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 […]

Jama Fund Update

Posted Posted in Carthage, Charity, Press

With all the positive changes in some parts of the Middle East – Tunisia included – and the disruptions that has caused, the Jama Fund donation is still in a holding pattern six months after the US$1600 was delivered to microfinance group Enda inter-arabe. There is some movement!  Michael Cracknell from inter-arabe says they are […]

Kelmscott School talk

Posted Posted in Carthage, Charity, Hannibal, History

Thanks a lot to all the year 10 and 11 students at Kelmscott school who sat patiently through my Hannibal talk the other day! A very generous and forgiving audience. One of the best questions of the day was “what was the most peculiar thing that you came across on your trip?” I had to […]

Anniversary: The Battle of Cannae

Posted Posted in Carthage, History, Rome

August 2nd is the anniversary of the Battle of Cannae, Hannibal’s greatest victory against ancient Rome. It’s one of a handful of ancient battles that still gets frequently mentioned outside military history books. The clash took place on the wide coastal plain near the modern town of Barletta (known for its symetrical Swabian Castle and the […]

BBC History Magazine – Zama

Posted Posted in Carthage, Press

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)

The Bodyguard

Posted Posted in Carthage, Cycling, Filming, Hannibal, Rome

On a long trip like this interpersonal relationships become very important and are often the cause of the most interesting bits of the journey. I imagine it might make a pretty good documentary following a crew making a documentary? A bit like the new show we are thinking of pitching to the BBC: “Entertainment Tonight […]