The Carthaginian general Hannibal's invasion of northern Italy in 218 BC was one of the most daring campaigns in history. With tens of thousands of infantry and cavalry troops — and, most famously, about 40 elephants — Hannibal crossed the Alps, taking his hugely audacious beef against the Roman empire to its very front door. For fourteen years the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project has been sleuthing Hannibal's march over that colossal mountain range; using ancient Roman historical texts, they've identified more than twenty high-altitude passes the Carthaginian army took. You can explore these passes — while preserving your hide — with the project's director, Dr. Patrick Hunt, tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org), as you go Tracking Hannibal in the Alps. The lecture is free, but BYOE — bring your own elephant.
Wed., Sept. 15, 2010