After his famous march across the Alps in 217 BCE, Hannibal and his Carthaginian army entered Italy and heavily defeated the Romans in a number of battles, culminating at Lake Trasimene. The number of Roman dead and captured was so enormous that Hannibal re-equipped his African infantry with Roman mail shirts and perhaps weapons and shields too, and it is these men, who would again crush a Roman army the following year at Cannae, that are depicted here. (PSR)
Place to the cavalry The citizens formed a significant part of the Punic cavalry. Inspired by Hetairoi or Companions of Alexander the Great, they consisted of an authentic heavy cavalry, mixed with staff and guard of the commander-in-chief. These are the twelve figures of the Carthaginian Command and Cavalry Box set 8056.