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Hannibal Barca was a better general than Alexander the great

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Started: 2/23/2018 Category: Education
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If you accept this debate, you will try to argue that Alexander was a better general than Hannibal Barca. If either one of us asks for sources of a certain fact the other uses, the sources must be given.

I will start the debate by talking about tactical blunders Alexander has made. First of all, Alexander always charged into battle with the companion cavalry. This may have given his soldiers more morale, but this aggressive behavior ended up resulting in his death (he got poisoning from an arrow during the Malian campaign). He also made a strategic mistake after the Malian campaign. Rather than walking on the roads in his territory, he decided it was more appropriate to march his entire army through a desert, losing a lot of his soldiers, just to show he was better than a previous general who lost his army in that desert. So, although Alexander had some instances of tactical genius, he made a fair amount of mistakes.

The second thing I would like to talk about is Hannibal's successes. In logistics and tactics. I do not need to talk much about logistics; Hannibal moved an army across the alps. Hannibal was also a brilliant tactician. He managed to win every battle he fought in Italy, including the battle of Cannae, which involved surrounding an enemy almost twice the size of his army (this is arguably the greatest victory in military history and is still studied thoroughly at military academies). The only battle Hannibal lost in the second Punic war was the battle of Zama. We don't actually have a good idea about what happened in the battle of Zama or how disadvantageous Hannibal's position was due to the Carthaginian records being destroyed. The war most likely wouldn't have been lost if Carthage were to have sent Hannibal the reinforcements he constantly asked for.

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Although I do not know very much about Hannibal Barca, I have learned about Alexander the Great. While Alexander the Great had a few blunders, he also built cultural epicenters, such as Alexandria. Alexander led his troops and conquered most of Asia Minor, some of India, and Greece ("Geography Alive!" book). Alexander left a legacy for military generals after he died, such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Scipio Africanus, Julius Cesar, Pompey, Augustus, and Hannibal (Yahoo Answers, search: What are some famous leaders that were inspired by Alexander the Great?).
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Alexander did leave behind a mark on history while Hannibal did not do anything to that degree, I agree with that. The thing is that while Alexander was making constant blunders, mainly out of pride, which was the downfall of him, Napoleon, and Gustavus Afolphus, Hannibal made no documented mistakes. If Carthage were to only have given Hannibal more support, Rome wouldn't have been the empire that is considered the most successful in the history books, Carthage would.
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