"[Hannibal] was not alone, never alone. Relatively little is known about the officers and unit commanders who left with him on the great adventure, but as with many other illustrious captains, they appear to have been a close group of friends and family, and with few exceptions they appear to have stayed with him for the duration.... They formed a cadre brilliantly attuned to their commander's intent, instinctively carrying out his will with timing that could only have come from complete and mutual trust. Without them Hannibal never would have made it to Italy, and with them, he would win victory after victory."
~ Robert L. O'Connell, The Ghosts of Cannae