Did Hannibal really poison himself?

Francesco Galassi

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Hannibal’s death is still surrounded by an aura of mystery: did he really commit suicide? What was the exact mechanism of death? Was it by poisoning alone? Several versions of his death exist. These are analyzed through the lens of classics, paleopathology, and medical history in order to identify the most likely circumstances in which Rome’s worst enemy succumbed. The result of this multidisciplinary investigation reveals a scenario resembling that of the demise of a very modern dictator.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationToxicology in Antiquity
EditorsPhilip Wexler
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128153390
ISBN (Print)9780128153390
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameHistory of Toxicology and Environmental Health


  • Hannibal
  • toxicology
  • paleopathology
  • classics
  • suicide


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