Ancients Behaving Badly: Hannibal
Ancients Behaving Badly is a documentary series from the History Channel that applies a modern analytical take to some of classical history’s most infamous rulers. But why where they so infamous?. History is written by the victors, whether the dynasty that usurped the line of Nero and Caligula and therefore had a vested interest in making them look bad, or the history of the Mongols, a hagiography to Genghis Khan written by his successors designed to make him look great.
Through different branches of science, the Documentary series shows a real picture of these rulers. The series aims to show these tyrants as real people with complex psychological backgrounds.
This episode is about Hannibal who is considered to be one of the finest military genius the world has ever seen. Nevertheless, he was a savage and brutal commander who devastated every city that did not bow immediately to his command, he crossed the Alps with total disregard for any of his troops and sent mementos back to the dead Roman soldier’s families who he had slaughtered. This is the real portrait of Hannibal.
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