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Hannibal is a name that evoked fear among the ancient Romans for decades. His courage, cunning and intrepid march across the dangerous Alps in 218 BCE with his army and war elephants make for some of the most exciting passages found in ancient historical texts written by Polybius, Livy, and Appian. And they continue to inspire historians and archaeologists today. The mystery of his exact route is still a topic of debate, one that has consumed Patrick Hunt (Director of Stanford’s Alpine Archaeology Project) for more than a decade.



This course examines Hannibal’s childhood and his young soldierly exploits in Spain. Then it follows him over the Pyrenees and into Gaul, the Alps, Italy, and beyond, examining his victories over the Romans, his brilliance as a military strategist, and his legacy after the Punic Wars. Along the way, students will learn about archaeologists’ efforts to retrace Hannibal’s journey through the Alps and the cutting-edge methods that they are using. Hunt has been on foot over every major Alpine pass and has now determined the most probable sites where archaeological evidence can be found to help solve the mystery.


Presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

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Hannibal is a name that evoked fear among the ancient Romans for decades. His courage, cunning and intrepid march across the dangerous Alps in 218 BCE with his army and war elephants make for some of the most exciting passages found in ancient historical texts written by Polybius, Livy, and Appian. And they continue to inspire historians and archaeologists today. The mystery of his exact route is still a topic of debate, one that has consumed Patrick Hunt (Director of Stanford’s Alpine Archaeology Project) for more than a decade.



This course examines Hannibal’s childhood and his young soldierly exploits in Spain. Then it follows him over the Pyrenees and into Gaul, the Alps, Italy, and beyond, examining his victories over the Romans, his brilliance as a military strategist, and his legacy after the Punic Wars. Along the way, students will learn about archaeologists’ efforts to retrace Hannibal’s journey through the Alps and the cutting-edge methods that they are using. Hunt has been on foot over every major Alpine pass and has now determined the most probable sites where archaeological evidence can be found to help solve the mystery.


Presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

    1-2. Background to Hannibal/Carthage: Hannibal's Youth

    1-2. Background to Hannibal/Carthage: Hannibal's Youth

    April 18, 2007 meeting of Professor Patrick Hunt's course on Hannibal.

    • 1h 30 min
    3. Hamilcar Barca and The First Punic War

    3. Hamilcar Barca and The First Punic War

    April 25, 2007 meeting of Professor Patrick Hunt's course on Hannibal.

    • 1h 47 min
    4. Hannibal on the March: From Spain to the Rhone Crossing

    4. Hannibal on the March: From Spain to the Rhone Crossing

    May 2, 2007 meeting of Professor Patrick Hunt's course on Hannibal.

    • 1h 34 min
    5-6. Hannibal in the Alps: The Potential Passes

    5-6. Hannibal in the Alps: The Potential Passes

    May 9, 2007 meeting of Professor Patrick Hunt's course on Hannibal.

    • 1h 50 min
    7. John Hoyte's Cambridge British Alpine Elephant Expedition in 1958-9

    7. John Hoyte's Cambridge British Alpine Elephant Expedition in 1958-9

    May 23, 2007 meeting of Professor Patrick Hunt's course on Hannibal.

    • 2 h 1m
    8. Hannibal in Italy: Battles of Trebbia, Trasimene and Cannae

    8. Hannibal in Italy: Battles of Trebbia, Trasimene and Cannae

    May 30, 2007 meeting of Professor Patrick Hunt's course on Hannibal.

    • 1h 41 min

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