Now we're back to that afrocentric thing. Back in the '60s activists started equating anything "African" with Black. There was even a Black Pride T-shirt depicting a black Hannibal.
Hey JMR! It just keeps coming up, doesn't it? Afrocentrists speak of reclaiming a "stolen" heritage and then turn around and "steal" the history of peoples like the Phoenicians/Carthaginians and the Berbers (and the KhoiSan). Strangely, you never see afrocentrists trying to claim deKlerk or Botha for their own. BOTH were born in Africa. In fact, they were "Afrikaners". Sub-Saharan Africans have plenty of things to be proud about, but Hannibal (and Carthage) or Cleopatra (and Ptolemaic Alexandria) aren't amongst those things. Stealing is wrong, doesn't matter who does it or why. Two wrongs don't make a right.
Roman writers referred to Hannibal as African, but they were referring to the Roman province of Africa, which was just a stretch of North Africa around Carthage. It was only centuries later that Africa became the name for a whole continent.
Exactly. There's nothing particularly mysterious about it. I can't figure out if afrocentrists are willfully distorting history, or if they're just sloppy historians. Sometimes it looks like both.
Incidentally, Hannibal lived almost his whole life in Spain. His army was mostly Spanish and Gallic, with only the senior officers Carthaginian.
Damn straight (though his Numidian/Morroccan cavalry were also a crucial element). That's the amazing thing about Hannibal and the other "military" Barcas. Without any real Punic military tradition, the Carthaginians managed to crank out excellent officers like the Barcas. Also, their ability to successfully deploy large numbers of foreigners/mercs is astonishing (NOT that the practice ALWAYS worked out; see Salammbo). The fact that Hannibal was able to keep his Gauls and Iberians loyal through years and years of war, far from home, continues to astound me. A natural-born leader of men.
IF they're going to make a "Hannibal" film (which I'd figure that the "Lector" movies would've muddied the water too much anyway), I nominate Jean Reno for the role. A Morroccan Spaniard who always projects quiet intensity and strength.
REH was a Hannibal fan, BTW. Check out Delenda Est.