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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cannæ.
 
The place where Han’nibal defeated the Romans under L. Æmil’ius Paulus. Any fatal battle that is the turning point of a great general’s prosperity is called his Cannæ. Thus, we say, “Moscow was the Cannæ of Napoleon Bonaparte.”   1
 


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