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Hamilcar and Hanno

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Polybius' report is a blend of detail (30 senators, Hanno) and of fuzziness. The report explains, why Hanno was reappointed, what arguments were used to reconcile him with Hamilcar and, most important, how many 'men of military age' were sent out. The 30 have sometimes again been seen as the inner council of The Mighty Ones (the new council, to those who suppose their predecessors had been killed around Spendius' corpse). In turn, imposing Hanno as Hamilcar's colleague is often judged a triumph for anti-Barcid political forces, or even for the Punic senate as a whole if, as sometimes argued, Hamilcar and his supporters were a democratic (or demagogic) movement at odds with the ruling oligarchy. Hanno's being chosen as the replacement for the crucified Hannibal is no proof that Hamilcar's political foes had gained ascendancy.

Keywords: anti-Barcid political forces; Hamilcar; Hannibal; Hanno; Polybius report; Punic senate; Spendius



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