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Hannibal ante portas

Submitted by Maryanchy on Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:15

Meanings of "Hannibal ante portas"

Croatian

(Doslovno značenje - Hanibal je pred vratima) prijeti nam najveća opasnost.

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English

Hannibal was a Carthaginian military commander during the Punic Wars who, in the early 2nd century BCE, led numerous devastating attacks against the Roman Empire. To the people of Rome, the threat of an attack from Hannibal soon made him something of a bogeyman, and as a result Roman parents would often tell their unruly children that Hannibal ante portas—"Hannibal is at the gates"—in order to scare them into behaving properly.

Explained by Maryanchy on Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:17
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