247 BC – Born in North Africa. A Carthaginian general, one of the great military leaders of antiquity, who commanded the Carthaginian forces against Rome in the Second Punic War
221 BC – Emerged as a successful officer, for, on the assassination of Hasdrubal, the army proclaimed him, at age 26, its commander in chief, and the Carthaginian government quickly ratified his field appointment.
219-218 BC – Hannibal attacked Saguntum, an independent Iberian city south of the Ebro River.
– Hannibal spent the winter at Cartagena in active preparations for carrying the war into Italy.
– He crossed the Ebro in April or May and marched into the Pyrenees (the Romans, shortly before they heard of this, decided on war).
217 BC – Hannibal spent the summer resting at Picenum, but later he ravaged Apulia and Campania; meanwhile the delaying tactics of Quintus Fabius Maximus Cunctator’s army allowed only skirmishes between the two armies.
183? BC – Hannibal poisoned himself in the Bithynian village of Libyssa.