Gli Invincibili
Silvia Rocchi
Antiquarium and archaeological site of Canne della Battaglia
Canne della Battaglia

Gli Invincibili is a comic-strip story that Silvia Rocchi set in the Antiquarium and Archeological Area at Canne della Battaglia.

On 2 August 216 BC, the troops of Rome and Carthage faced off. It was military genius Hannibal versus the Consuls of the Republic, in a battle that would go down in history. But what about the men who fought it out? History tells us about the leaders, but armies are made up of soldiers, often the very young… in fact, little more than boys. We know nothing of them. Who were they? What were they thinking about during the days and hours before the big battle? On one side Velio, on the other Ispanico, their hearts beating with hope, doubt and fear… they too made History.

Antiquarium and archaeological site of Canne della Battaglia

Occupied by ancient peoples as from the 5th millennium BCE, the Canne della Battaglia archaeological site is primarily known for the terrible battle of 2 August 216 BCE during the Second Punic War, which saw the Romans routed by the Carthaginians under Hannibal. The perfectly preserved battlefield, where a Roman army of over 80,000 men was wiped out in a single day, can be seen stretching away into the distance from the top of the citadel. In the Antiquarium, archaeological items combine with words and images to tell the long story of the settlement on the hills dominating the valley of the once navigable Ofanto river. Interactive multimedia devices offer a virtual tour of the citadel and a detailed account of the battle and its leading figures. The 3D video reconstruction makes full immersion possible in History with a capital H.

On Smarts and Defeat
Canne della Battaglia is the place where Hannibal concentrated his smarts. Here, he deployed his Carthaginian troops to perform a military manouevre known as the “Pincer movement”, one that is still studied to this day. Taking advantage of the wind and sun, he defeated the far better-organized Romans. Looking down on the field from the promontory above, where no construction has ever been erected, I imagined those thousands of soldiers, how much time and energy they put into the battle, how terrified they must have been. Under an August sun, a huge throng of people, man against man, each one with his own story. And I wondered: what kind of journey did these soldiers have to make to get to Canne? Some of them must have become friends. Some of them must have got bored; others will have been overcome by wonder. Some of them perhaps bedded down far from camp...
Silvia Rocchi
Silvia lives in Bologna, where she works as a comic-strip artist and illustrator. Since 2012, she has been publishing comic books with top Italian publishing houses (BeccoGiallo, Rizzoli Lizard, Eris Edizioni, and Feltrinelli Comics). In 2015, she won the Premio Nuove Strade at Napoli COMICON. Brucia, her graphic novel published by Rizzoli Lizard in 2017, won the 2018 Boscarato Prize for “Best Sole Author”. Among others, she has worked as an illustrator for the Goethe-Institut of Rome, Libera Associazione, Camelozampa, Vice, Linus, Viaggi e Miraggi, and Lo Straniero. She has exhibited her cartoon drawings and paintings in Italy and internationally.
Mother Goddess
5th millennium BCE This terracotta statuette represents the Mother Goddess, symbol of fertility, giver of life and guardian of the crops that feed mankind. She is shown in a robe decorated with large circles with her arms outstretched as though in prayer and offering.
Corinthian Helmet
6th century BCE This bronze helmet most probably belonged to a warrior of the Daunian tribe. A protective inner lining of hide or fabric could be attached with stitches through the holes along the edges. Battles were fought in the area of Canne in ancient times and all through the Middle Ages.
Horse with rings
6th century BCE This horse-shaped bronze element was the lateral part of a bit, fitted inside a horse's mouth to control its movements, and the rings served to attach the reins and harness. It was found in a tomb among the grave goods and indicates that the deceased was of high social rank. According to legend, it was the Greek hero Diomedes that taught the Daunian people living in the northern part of Apulia how to break and tame horses.
Fight between a young man and a dragon
First half of the 12th century This image of carved ivory represents the believers' struggle against the forces of evil threatening to damn their souls.The small carving probably adorned a crozier, the staff carried as a symbol of pastoral office by bishops, abbots and abbesses.
Statuetta in terracotta della Dea Madre 1
Figurina di orante in bronzo 2
Sonaglino in ceramica con decorazione geometrica 3
Montante in bronzo di un morso equino raffigurante un cavallo 4
Copricapo con pelle di lupo di un soldato velite dell’esercito romano 5
Fondo di vaso in ceramica invetriata policroma 6