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Miguel Murado


Writer - Madrid

Why is Hannibal and his war against Rome important to Spain?

Let's say Hannibal is the first "celebrity" ever to set foot in the Iberian Peninsula. He makes up for the lack of Spanish historians in Ancient times and, therefore, for the lack of a properly "Hispanic" Ancient History.

What do you find most interesting about Hannibal?

Not his warfare, impresive as it must have been, but his logistics, which I presume must have been as complex as D-Day. And I'm also moved by the idea of this general fighting to the bitter end for a country (so to speak) he barely knew until his own defeat.

What do you think of Wood Brothers aim to ride Hannibal's route on bicycles from Cartagena to Carthage?

It's a great idea, particularly now that Rome is not at war with Britain anymore.




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Danny, Ben and Sam Wood are three brothers who followed in the footsteps of three ancient Carthaginian brothers Hannibal, Hasdrubal and Mago. They cycled from Cartagena, Spain to Zama, Tunisia - the route that Hannibal and his army took over 2200 years ago. Along the way they filmed a documentary to be aired on the BBC in July 2010.

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