Barcelona

Posted Posted in Cycling, Filming, History

In Episode 2 of On Hannibal’s Trail we ride through Barcelona which just happens to be where I am right now. The city is famed for it’s architecture (among other things) and one of the most unusual, and perhaps my favourite architectural feat here are the ruins of the Roman temple of Augustus that are […]

Hannibal Exhibition in France: ‘Hannibal and the Alps: a Crossing, a Myth’

Posted Posted in History

Hannibal is back at a temporary exhibition in Grenoble’s Musee Dauphinois that runs until July next year.  Francoise Letoublin, professor of Greek Literature from Grenoble’s Stendhal University alerted us to this Hannibal expose.   The exhibit looks at the myth of Hannibal and his personality through a variety of archaeological, literary and artistic sources.  If  you […]

Oxford High School talk

Posted Posted in Charity, Hannibal, History

A big thank you to the girls in their final year at Oxford High School for having me come and talk to them last week. And to Rachael Pallas-Brown their teacher. A fun, perceptive and intelligent audience – I had a great time. At least until we were compared to the label of a peanut […]

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 […]

The Next Trail?

Posted Posted in Cycling, History

Hi everyone, Hannibal is back on the BBC so this prompted us to start planning our next historical journey. We would love everyones input – we have a few ideas so have made a poll on our website… If you look on our homepage on the righthand side you will see the poll. Please vote […]

Hannibal Talk in San Francisco

Posted Posted in History

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.  […]

Episode 4 – Over the Alps

Posted Posted in Alps, History, Press

Probably the most famous part of Hannibal’s invasion march to Italy was his crossing of the Alps. Getting a huge army and herd of war elephants across the mountains in autumn was a phenomenal feat – even though he did lose a substantial portion of his men. In episode 4 of the series tonight (8:30pm, […]

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 […]