TIL During the Battle of Cannae, Hannibal encircled the entire Roman army with his troops and killed between 50,000 – 70,000 Roman soldiers while loosing only 6,000 of his own men. Today this battle is often considered to be the perfect defeat of an enemy army.

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Imagine the scale and horror of such a slaughter. Something like 4,400 Americans have been killed over an 18 year period in Iraq. But 50,000 to 70,000 men and boys hacked and stabbed to death *over a few hours*? Fucking insane.


If you read Sun Tzu, the perfect defeat of the enemy leaves their forces intact and at your command. The best example I can think of is Sulla’s victory over Scipio in 83 BC, in which he convinced an army twice his size to abandon their commander and come over to his side instead.




Best battle in history, I am from the biggest settlement of carthaginians in europe and in the city every year they celebrated the battle of the carthage empire against the roman one, then, after 5 days of celebration it ends in the tends of every camp drinking and celebrating, its very cool because there are among the city a lot of groups representing romans or carthaginians and they are very realistic dressed and you can enter into the tends with them and dance, every tend has its own style and music, I miss a lot this party with my friends…


What, no mention of the battle of Lake Trasimene? Where he successfully hid around 50,000+ infantry and cavalry quietly in trees and bushes, springing an ambush that pinned about 25,000 Romans between them and the lake, killing over 15,000 Romans that day.