Hannibal Battles Genghis Khan In This Deadliest Warrior Matchup

May 26, 2011

To help get you through Memorial Day weekend we wanted to remind you that Hannibal Barca will be taking on Genghis Khan in Season 3 of the Deadliest Warrior – but the hardcore fans already knew that, right?

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A Carthaginian general known for his clever war tactics, Hannibal Barca (247 – 183 B.C.) is considered to be ancient Rome's greatest enemy of all time. He learned a great deal about military strategy from his father, Hamilcar Barca, who was the Carthaginian commander during the First Punic War (264-241 B.C.). In 218 Hannibal took the battle to the Romans, marching through the Alps, easily disposing of any enemies along the way. Hannibal journeyed with approximately 38,000 soldiers, 8,000 cavalry, and 37 war elephants to Italy to battle and defeat his enemies. After winning the Battles of Trebia and Ticinus, Hannibal and his army now occupied Northern Italy. He continued to leave a trail of destroyed Roman cities and made the Romans suffer dearly, but later in 203 B.C. he trekked back to Carthage as he just couldn't take over Rome. He was defeated at the Battle of Zama and when the Romans demanded his surrender, he committed suicide in 183 B.C. Hannibal wasn't only one of the greatest military tacticians of all time, he was also the man whose name struck fear into the hearts of the Romans for many years.

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Commander of the absolute largest contiguous empire of all time (conquering most of the known world), Genghis Khan ruled over the entirety of the Mongol Empire. Born in 1162, Genghis was born as Temüjin in modern-day Mongolia to a life of hardships. Temüjin's father was poisoned by enemy tribes when he was a child, and due to an arranged marriage, he was soon married to Börte of the Olkut'hun tribe at the tender age of 16. His rise to power was in 1206 when his political image was strengthened, and he prepared the Mongol Empire to attack Western Xia. Genghis Khan's brilliant military strategy extended the Mongol Empire to a total of 12 million square miles – from the Danube River in Europe to China's Yellow Sea. He was so powerful and deadly that the only time he was stopped in his tracks was when he died in 1227 from severe wounds in battle.

It's been quite a while since we first announced this matchup, so let us know what your thoughts are. Who would win in this battle? Don't forget that our next matchup will be announced on Tuesday, May 31 so follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the up-to-the-minute info.