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The Alps of Hannibal

The Alps of Hannibal
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  • Date Published: November 2014
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108079518

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  • Controversial for centuries, the route across the Alps taken by Hannibal, his Carthaginian army and his famous elephants in 218 BCE formed the basis of an extended scholarly dispute between William John Law (1786–1869) and Robert Ellis (1819/20–85). Fought in the pages of books and the Journal of Classical and Sacred Philology, their exchanges lasted several years. Ellis' Treatise on Hannibal's Passage of the Alps (1853) and An Enquiry into the Ancient Routes between Italy and Gaul (1867) are also reissued in this series. Published in 1866, this two-volume work was Law's major contribution to the debate, examining the various theories and historical accounts. Modern scholarship has questioned, however, whether either man was right. Volume 1 examines the accounts of Polybius, gauging their accuracy with modern measurements. Volume 2 examines the writings of Livy, comparing them to those of Polybius and determining which are more reliable.

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108079518
    • length: 686 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Part I. The Controversy:
    1. The controversy
    2. The subjects proposed, and method of treating it
    Part II. On the Authority of Polybius:
    1. His journey through the Alps
    2. Strictures of Dr Ukert
    3. The Polybian map of M. Gosselin
    4. On the stade of Polybius, and his distances
    Part III. Polybius Interpreted: Passage of the Rhone:
    1. Introduction
    2. Passage of the Rhone near Roquemaure
    3. Theory of Tarascon
    4. Tarascon theory
    Part IV. Polybius Interpreted: The Beginning of Alps:
    1. The march of 1,400 stadia
    2. The Mont du Chat fulfils all the requisites of Polybius
    3. Adverse theories on the beginning of Alps
    4. Theories of tracks south of Isère
    Part V. The Mountain March: Ascent:
    1. Some theories are not worked out beyond their first Alps
    2. Ascent to the Little St Bernard
    3. Ascent to the Mont Cenis
    4. Ascent to the Little Mont Cenis
    Part VI. The Mountain March: Summit:
    1. Hannibal encamps on the summit for two days
    2. No practicable summit gives a view of Italy
    Part VII. The Mountain March: Descent:
    1. Descent from the Little St Bernard
    2. Hannibal came down boldly into the plain of the Po
    3. On the time employed in descent
    4. On passes between Little St Bernard and the Cenis. Volume 2: Part VIII. Knowledge of the Alps in Early Times:
    1. Strabo on the Alps
    2. The Salassian hyperbasis of Strabo
    3. The Taurinian hyperbasis of Strabo
    4. Polybius knew no Taurinian hyperbasis
    5. The Po and the Doria of Strabo
    6. The Po and the Doria of Strabo (cont.)
    7. Mr Ellis on the early use of the Little Mont Cenis
    8. Mr Ellis on the Little Mont Cenis
    9. Mr Ellis on the Mont Cenis
    Part IX. Interpretation of Livy:
    1 Introduction
    2. March from the Isère
    3. The march continued
    4. Druentia is the Durance
    5. Identity of tracks is disproved
    Part X. Two Peculiar Theories:
    1. Theory of M. le Comte de Fortia d'Urban
    2. Of M. Replat
    Part XI. Conciliation Fails:
    1. We must select between the two historians
    2. Livy founds his hypothesis on the words of Cincius
    3. No writer prior to Livy favours his hypothesis
    Part XII. Cause of Doubt:
    1. Doubt has come through neglect of Polybius
    2. Arnold recognised the truth
    Appendix.

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    William John Law

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