Did Napoleon really call Hannibal the greatest strategist of all time?

Feb 2019
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"Hannibal has been cited by various subsequent military leaders, such as Napoleon Bonaparte, as an inspiration and the greatest strategist of all time."

The above sentence is written on his wiki with no source cited. Up till now I couldn't find when and where Napoleon praised him so. Does anyone here know the original source of the quote?
 

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"Hannibal has been cited by various subsequent military leaders, such as Napoleon Bonaparte, as an inspiration and the greatest strategist of all time."

The above sentence is written on his wiki with no source cited. Up till now I couldn't find when and where Napoleon praised him so. Does anyone here know the original source of the quote?
reading about classical campaigns was a thing at the time. (they were veey little contemporary miiitary writings on campaigns)

So I think it's likely. But Napoleon spoke a lot of tosh.
 
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reading about classical campaigns was a thing at the time. (they were veey little contemporary miiitary writings on campaigns)

So I think it's likely. But Napoleon spoke a lot of tosh.
I agree it's entirely possible he said so. Hannibal is unarguably among the greats, but a source would be nice.
 
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Napoleon wrote: "Gustavus Adolphus, Turenne, and Frederick, as well as Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar, have all acted upon the same principles. These have been - to keep their forces united
(im fairly sure that this quote comes from one of these books which refer to Napoleons work Military Maxims)
David Chandler - "The Campaigns of Napoleon"
William Cairnes - "The Military Maxims of Napoleon"

While it does not express that Hannibal was thought of as the Greatest strategist by Napoleon, it does show at least his awareness and education of near and Ancient Military History. He would have been educated at the military academy at Brienne le Chateau with further specialisation at LEcole Militaire. He like most other officer cadets who became serving officers would have spent many years studying these Histories.

But to establish that he believed Hannibal to have primacy as a strategist would require a direct quote.
 
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David Chandler - "The Campaigns of Napoleon"
William Cairnes - "The Military Maxims of Napoleon"

While it does not express that Hannibal was thought of as the Greatest strategist by Napoleon, it does show at least his awareness and education of near and Ancient Military History. He would have been educated at the military academy at Brienne le Chateau with further specialisation at LEcole Militaire. He like most other officer cadets who became serving officers would have spent many years studying these Histories.

But to establish that he believed Hannibal to have primacy as a strategist would require a direct quote.
The French wiki doesn't even mention the quote I'm looking for. I think it might be a fabrication after all.