Wednesday, July 21, 2004

How did Hannibal get elephants to Iberia and into Italy?

Most people know that Hannibal invaded Italy with war elephants by crossing the Alps. But how did he get the elephants to Iberia in the first place? According to historic data, the route he took would have been from North Africa to Spain, over the Pyrenees to France and over the Alps into Italy. Did he have ships large enough to cross the Mediterranean? Did he make many trips? All of the accounts I've read seem to gloss over this little detail. Does anyone here know the answer? Thanks.

Answer on How did Hannibal get elephants to Iberia and into Italy?

That is an excellent observation.
Hannibal had some 50,000 foot soldiers, 9,000 horsemen and 37 war elephants.
The logistics of that trip are astronomical.

And how did they cross the Ebro and the Rhone Rivers?

A map of the route is at the link below:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Hanni…