What made Hannibal successful? What principals did he follow? How was his way of thinking different from other generals of the time? The 100falcons site provides a concise study of Hannibal’s success.
The thing that impresses me most about the story of Hannibal however is Rome’s tenacious reaction, refusing to surrender even in the face of catastrophic failure. And this tenacious attitude eventually led to their victory over Hannibal and finally the complete destruction of Carthage and its total elimination as a future threat. This period of time is a perfect example of pure unadulterated self-interest, something that has long since been demonized in Western Civilization and this illustrates modern mans deficiencies and lack of virility compared to the ancients.
Check out the 100falcons post here.