"Terentia’s distant ancestor who had commanded the Roman line against Hannibal at Cannae a century and a half before"
was the Carthaginian general who famously marched his troops and his war elephants over the alps into Italy during the Second Punic War. He was eventually defeated by Scipio Africanus in 202 BC. Cannae
was a major battle of the Second Punic War, fought near the town of Cannae in southeast Italy. The army was led by the two consuls of that year: Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Terentia’s distant ancestor Gaius Terentius Varro.