from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An ancient town of southeast Italy where Carthaginians under Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 B.C.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the name of a battle in which Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 b. c. Called also battle of Cannae.
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- n. ancient city is southeastern Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 BC
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The horror of Cannae is almost indescribable -- war at close quarters, a matter of sticking and slashing and bashing and, once down, of suffocating in the slime of it all.
These good measures were defeated by the importunity of Varro; whom, when they were both come to the army, nothing would content but a separate command, that each consul should have his day; and when his turn came, he posted his army close to Hannibal, at a village called Cannae, by the river Aufidus.
Hannibal's encircling tactics at Cannae were brilliantly conceived and executed, although for what purpose is impossible to say.
Before then, though, study Cannae, not for what it teaches about war but about men.
The greatest "mass knife fight in history," as Robert L. O'Connell calls it, took place on Aug. 2, 216 B.C. at Cannae in Italy.
Thus, O'Connell tells us in his book, "The Ghosts of Cannae," Hannibal has been studied for his military genius by other military men down through the ages.
That has always been the easiest rule of thumb, making a clash like Cannae 216 B.C., where the Carthaginians liquidated a Roman army, the embodiment of a decisive battle.
How would I write of an event like at Cannae, when seventy thousand Romans were cut, stabbed, trampled and suffocated to death in the dusty heat of summer afternoon?
Included are a move-by-move "replay" of Cannae and data for applying the model to 35 other battles.
As it turns out, the Romans 'defeat at Cannae actually lead to the start the Roman empire, because the defeat caused Rome to focus on becoming a militaristic regime, rather than a republic.