The Young Carthaginian
A Story of the Times of Hannibal (218 B. C.)
G. A. Henty on audiobook, read aloud by Jim Hodges
Henty’s story The Young Carthaginian chronicles the struggle of the Second Punic War (218-203 B.C.) and the attempt of Hannibal to conquer Rome. At first, the struggle of Carthage against Rome was a struggle for empire, but it became a struggle for existence.
Hannibal presses on despite formidable geographical barriers and the corrupt leadership in Carthage which time and again undermined all his efforts. Malchus, Hannibal’s cousin, participates in many historic battles and has his own adventures, finally settling in Gaul with his new bride.
Boys will enjoy reading the history of the Punic Wars (circa 200s B.C.) and develop a keen appreciation of the merits of a contest that was at first a struggle for empire, and afterwards for existence, on the part of Carthage. Hannibal, a creative and skillful general, crossed the Alps using elephants, and defeated the Romans at Trebia, Lake Trasimenus, and Cannae, and all but took Rome. It would be difficult to find a more exciting setting for this historic tale of adventure.
The hero of the story is Malchus, a Carthaginian aristocrat, who gets mixed up in a plot which occasions his leaving Carthage to join Hannibal in Spain. He crosses the Alps with the army and fights the Romans with sword and spear, up close and personal, in each major battle. He escapes a dungeon in Carthage and the mines of Sardinia to, in the end, marry a Gaulish maiden and settle in Germany, out of reach of Roman vengeance.
Date: 220 B. C.
Location: North Africa
Main Event: Hannibal’s Campaigns
About the Author
George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend an hour or two telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks to finish! A friend was present one day and, watching the spell-bound reaction of his children, suggested that Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did and, as the saying goes, the rest is history! Henty wrote 144 books as well as numerous stories for magazines and became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study, dictating stories as fast as the secretary could write them down!
Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes caught up in the events of fascinating times in history. The heroes of Henty stories are diligent, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face of great perils. They fight in wars, sail the seas, make discoveries, conquer evil empires, prospect for gold, and participate in a host of other exciting adventures. Along the way, they cross paths with some of history’s most famous people. Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras, meeting leaders of that time. Every reader of Henty will gain an understanding of nations and cultures, as these are conveyed as a natural element of the reading. They’re one of the best ways to cultivate a taste for history in any reader!