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Across the Alps, 218 BC © HistoryMarche
218 BCE May 1 - Oct

Hannibal's crossing of the Alps

Rhone-Alpes, France

Hannibal's crossing of the Alps in 218 BC was one of the major events of the Second Punic War, and one of the most celebrated achievements of any military force in ancient warfare. Hannibal managed to lead his Carthaginian army over the Alps and into Italy to take the war directly to the Roman Republic, bypassing Roman and allied land garrisons and Roman naval dominance.