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A fatal mistake at the gates

In 217 BC, one of the greatest warlords of Antiquity made one of the most controversial decisions in history. In the early stages of the Second Punic Wars against Rome, Hannibal won battle after battle. But when he finally got his chance to defeat his enemy for good, he ended up pulling his last punch. For over two thousand years, historians have struggled to find out why the Carthaginian commander turned back at the gates of Rome instead of delivering a finishing blow to the Republic.

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