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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryher Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The war that began in 218 BC with Hannibal’s march across the Alps is one of the familiar stories of history, but its details are little known. A struggle between an emerging barbarian power and an old culture, it pitted a Roman army of mostly farmers against the highly trained officers of Carthage. Hannibal’s empire, founded on her control of the sea, would lose the fight against the Romans’ new methods of naval warfare. Only through the wit of their beloved leader would the Carthaginians recover economically from the war, but internal strife would drive Hannibal to exile and eventually to suicide.

Brilliantly evoking the world of the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War, Bryher creates a common man’s view of the greatest struggle in which ancient Rome engaged through the lives of two Greek traders.

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  • “The thick dust of history and change that hides the people of the Roman Empire from us acts for Bryher like a dark tunnel intensifying the brilliant scene beyond.”

    Christian Science Monitor

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vicki Cline | 11/24/2013

    " The Second Punic War from the perspective of several ordinary Italians in the countryside. Hannibal himself is only on the periphery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dawn | 11/2/2012

    " I didn't get past the first few chapters before losing interest in the characters and the story. It is entirely possible that the pace picks up and characters are introduced that would have made the book interesting enough to continue but I didn't have the patience. "

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About the Author

Bryher (1894–1983) was the pen name of the novelist, poet, and magazine editor Annie Winifred Ellerman. During the 1920s, Bryher was an unconventional figure in Paris; Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Beach, and Berenice Abbott were all in her circle of friends. Her wealth enabled her to give financial support to struggling writers, including Joyce and Edith Sitwell; she also financed a number of publishing ventures and started a film company, Pool Group.