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Hasdrubal (c.245-207 BC) – Carthaginian general
Hasdrubal was one of Hamilcar Barca’s sons and so brother to the great Hannibal. When Hannibal re-opened the war with Rome in 219, and marched up through Spain across the Alps and into Italy, he left Hasdrubal in charge of the Carthaginian forces in the peninsula. Hasdrubal succeeded in keeping large numbers of Romans tied down in Spain, and this helped his brother who had crushed several Roman armies but had not brought Rome to total defeat.
In 207, Hannibal sent for Hasdrubal to bring reinforcements for another attempt to get the Romans to fight a pitched battle. On the river Metaurus, Hasdrubal was surprised by the Roman general, Tiberius Claudius Nero, and his army was utterly defeated, losing his life on the field. A messenger is said to have taken Hasdrubal’s head over to Hannibal’s camp and thrown it over the wall. It was the first news Hannibal had of the disaster.