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Hannibal Barca, the great general of ancient Carthage, rides his war elephant across the Alps in 218 BC.

I actually don't know if Hannibal himself ever rode one of the famous Carthaginian elephants. He would have been a valuable personage, and historical war elephants could be skittish or prone to trampling their own troops. Nonetheless an elephant seems a fitting mount for a great military leader like Hannibal.