Thursday 4 July 2024


We don’t know what Hannibal looked like. This bust often touted as a representation of Hannibal is a random bust found in Italy and is dressed in the style of a Roman commander, not a Carthiginian commander. 

The bust's identity has been disputed. Naples Museum's catalogue of 1888 put a question mark in its attribution to Hannibal. According to Eve MacDonald, the bust features a cloak of a Roman commander (paludamentum). According to Australian historian Dexter Hoyos, there are "strong suspicions" that the bust is a Renaissance work rather than an ancient one.

It reminds to not always assume that statues or paintings we see with “captions” come from the time period of the “subject”.

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