Elephants

Illustrations from Mommsen's "Römische Geschichte" page 265, Hannibal Retrieved from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Mommsen_p265.jpg

Illustrations from Mommsen's "Römische Geschichte" page 265, Hannibal
Retrieved from
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Mommsen_p265.jpg

Elephants

Lyrics

Crossed the Alps beyond the sea, but you would not bring help to me
We pushed our way up to the peak, but of my will you would not seek
Would not my courage all be put - to shame
Would not your foolishness be put - to blame

Elephants they rise to fight - but you would not approve my might
We fought and terrified them all - but you would never heed my call
Would not my efforts be in vain - for you
Would not my father be in pain - for me

As we marched along the Spanish coast, we left our footprints in the fire
The reinforcements never came, it was the most we could desire
Through bloody fights and journeys long, we walked toward the final prize
The battle’s almost won, why won’t you come to see and

Open the gates
Of a victory almost won
On my own
I could never enter
Open the gates
Where my father would be proud
On my own
I will not surrender
Open the gates

Crossed the lakes and hills with ease, but I could never bring home peace
Led up the cavalry to the top, but waging war I could not stop
Who would my vow to ravage Rome - be for?
The greatest enemy of Rome - for whom?

With my sword and shield all by my side, as we await the final fight
Past Cannae, to Rome we seek - as we replay our greatest feat
As Africanus rushes in, would not my loyalty take flight
We proved our might in tales to tell - but still we couldn’t

Open the gates
Of a victory almost won
On my own
I could never enter
Open the gates
Where my father would be proud
On my own
I will not surrender
Open the gates


Hannibal Barca (247 - 183 BCE), was a Carthaginian general renowned for his brilliance in military tactics. Predominantly known for his exploits in the Second Punic War, Hannibal defeated armies and natives that the Romans expected them to lose to. His engineering mind further enabled him to overcome environmental difficulties such as crossing the Alps and rivers, transporting elephants and thousands of troops onward to battle. However, the lack of resources supplied from the Carthaginian aristocrats eventually forced Hannibal to withdraw his troops on several key battles, eventually leading to the fall of Carthage at the hands of Rome.

 

Hannibal is often viewed as carrying on his father’s legacy of an army general sworn to never ally with Rome. His vow as a child to his father to destroy Rome was recorded, but how he might have felt was something that could never be written down in books or parchments.

 

With Blogpost 3, we wanted to try to encapsulate what Hannibal might have felt - making his way all the way to the final prize, but not being able to fulfill his father's wishes, and having to retreat back to Carthage to protect his motherland. Hannibal’s legacy remains even today because of his ability to defy the odds and to make calculated risks that seemed impossible.

 

We named the song Elephants - because of how the war elephant was one of the most famous and important parts of Hannibal's army and the Carthaginian empire - striking fear in opponents and being a symbol of greatness and fearlessness.

 

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