- For other uses, see Hannibal.
Hannibal Barca (circa 247 BCE - circa 183 BCE) was an ancient human from the city of Carthage on Earth. Hannibal was considered one of the finest military commanders in Earth history. Hannibal was particularly famous for leading a force which included war elephants over the Alps into northern Italy. Hannibal was eventually defeated, but not before taking over two thirds of the Roman territory and forcing Rome to muster every able bodied solider they had against him. Hannibal's campaign was required study at the Military Science course at Starfleet Academy.(TOS comic: "No Time Like the Past" and DS9 novel: Antimatter)
Upon learning the novel Strangers from the Sky was based on Vulcan logs, James T. Kirk made the comparison to a study of "Hannibal's campaigns from the perspective of the elephants." (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky)
An interpretation of Hannibal's visage, among many others', flashed before Kirk and McCoy as the Sha Ka Ree entity finally settled on a "God" image. It read the minds of the two humans – as it had Spock and Sybok's – showing faces of individuals from Earth and Vulcan's histories. (ST novelization: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)
Prior to the launch of the Ambassador class USS Hannibal in 2370 Kira Nerys took the time to read more about the ancient human General the ship her people had built was named after. She was quite impressed that the Federation would honor him even though he was ultimately defeated by the Romans.