Be a Supporter!

Hannibal's Bad Eye

Lights

Click on an icon to vote on this!

Credits & Info

Views
607
Score
0.00 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jun 17, 2014 | 12:37 PM EDT
Category
Illustration
File Info
557 x 800 px
PNG
371 kb
Tags
history
hannibal
portrait
african

Share this submission?


Related Stuff

Licensing Terms

You are free to copy, distribute and transmit this work under the following conditions:

Attribution:
You must give credit to the artist.
Noncommercial:
You may not use this work for commercial purposes.

Author Comments

When he was crossing a swamp early in his Italian campaign, Hannibal Barca of Carthage lost sight in one eye, possibly due to a disease called opthalmia. It probably would have looked much more gruesome than I've depicted here (judging from Google image search results on opthalmia), but eye gore is utterly terrifying for me to look at.

We have no definitive portraits of Hannibal dating to his time period (though there are coins speculated to depict him), so exactly how he may have looked remains a mystery for the time being. The skin color I've chosen here is meant to represent a mix between Phoenician (or Punic) colonists from Lebanon and local African people. The ritual scars on his face definitely have an African inspiration, but the symbol on his left cheek actually is a Carthaginian symbol for the goddess Tanit.