This week’s episode is a re-upload of Episode 2, Hannibal in Bithynia. I’ve just upgraded my microphone and picked up a mixing desk, and the first, 10? 15?? Maybe 20??? Episodes needed a do-over. On off weeks, time permitting, I’m planning on dropping new versions of those early episodes.
Today’s we visit the Asiatic town of Libyssa, in Bithynia – modern day Turkey. The date, some time around 182 BCE. Hannibal Barca, one of the greatest Generals to ever live, is pacing his enclosure like a caged Barbary Lion. His life, from the age of nine had lead to this point – ever since his father made him take an oath he would “Never be a friend of Rome.”
How did it all come to this for the Carthaginian strongman?