This paper analyses the numerous paradoxes connected with the strat-egy adopted by Rome at the eve of the Second Punic War. While scholars have usually recognized the audacity of Rome’s ‘Grand Strategy’ – that anticipated two major campaigns in Spain and Africa – they have missed to provide suitable an-swers for its failure, and especially to grasp its connection with the revolt that broke out in Cisalpine Gaul before the consuls could depart for their provinces. A new solution is henceforth proposed, according to which the consuls’ war plans were mainly dictated by political reasons (and especially by the need to satis-fy their soldiers’ economic expectations), and were consequently uncongenial to meet unexpected strategical changes.

I limiti di una Grande Strategia. Considerazioni militari e ambizioni politiche allo scoppio della seconda guerra punica / M. Bellomo. - In: NUOVA ANTOLOGIA MILITARE. - ISSN 2704-9795. - 2:6 marzo 2021(2021 Mar 06), pp. 47-70.

I limiti di una Grande Strategia. Considerazioni militari e ambizioni politiche allo scoppio della seconda guerra punica

M. Bellomo
2021

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This paper analyses the numerous paradoxes connected with the strat-egy adopted by Rome at the eve of the Second Punic War. While scholars have usually recognized the audacity of Rome’s ‘Grand Strategy’ – that anticipated two major campaigns in Spain and Africa – they have missed to provide suitable an-swers for its failure, and especially to grasp its connection with the revolt that broke out in Cisalpine Gaul before the consuls could depart for their provinces. A new solution is henceforth proposed, according to which the consuls’ war plans were mainly dictated by political reasons (and especially by the need to satis-fy their soldiers’ economic expectations), and were consequently uncongenial to meet unexpected strategical changes.
Second punic war; Roman army; grand strategy; Roman politics; Polybius; Livy;
Settore L-ANT/03 - Storia Romana
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