Dave Carter wrote:
> A pedantic (and possibly inaccurate) point here. I remember being told once
> that it was impossible to train African elephants, only the Indian variety.
> If this is true, does this not indicate that the Roman elephants would have
> been imported from the east rather than Africa?
Here's a picture of a denarius of Titus that appears to depict an
Hannibal used African Elephants, and the coins of the Barcids in Spain
depict African elephants. In a battle between Ptolemy IV of Egypt and
Antiochus II of Syria African elephants battled against Asian
elephants. Pyrrhus used Asian elephants. The Greek use of Asian
elephants dates from Alexander's time -- he encountered them in
The identification of the elephants brought to Britain might be easier
if we know where their handlers originated -- if from Macedon or Syria
then they were likely Asian, if Spanish or North African then African.
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