Scipio Africanus: Rome's Greatest General

Scipio Africanus: Rome's Greatest General

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by Richard A. Gabriel
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597972053

ISBN-13: 9781597972055

Pub. Date: 06/30/2008

Publisher: Potomac Books


The world often misunderstands its greatest men while neglecting others entirely. Scipio Africanus, surely the greatest general that Rome produced, suffered both these fates. Today scholars celebrate the importance of Hannibal, even though Scipio defeated the legendary general in the Second Punic War and was the central military figure of his time. In this…  See more details below

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The world often misunderstands its greatest men while neglecting others entirely. Scipio Africanus, surely the greatest general that Rome produced, suffered both these fates. Today scholars celebrate the importance of Hannibal, even though Scipio defeated the legendary general in the Second Punic War and was the central military figure of his time. In this scholarly and heretofore unmatched military biography of the distinguished Roman soldier, Richard A. Gabriel establishes Scipio’s rightful place in military history as the greater of the two generals.
 
Before Scipio, few Romans would have dreamed of empire, and Scipio himself would have regarded such an ambition as a danger to his beloved republic. And yet, paradoxically, Scipio’s victories in Spain and Africa enabled Rome to consolidate its hold over Italy and become the dominant power in the western Mediterranean, virtually ensuring a later confrontation with the Greco-Macedonian kingdoms to the east as well as the empire’s expansion into North Africa and the Levant. The Roman imperium was being born, and it was Scipio who had sired it. Gabriel draws upon ancient texts, including those from Livy, Polybius, Diodorus, Silius Italicus, and others, as primary sources and examines all additional material available to the modern scholar in French, German, English, and Italian. His book offers a complete bibliography of all extant sources regarding Scipio’s life. The result is a rich, detailed, and contextual treatment of the life and career of Scipio Africanus, one of Rome’s greatest generals, if not the greatest of them all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597972055
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
287,836
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Chronology

1 The Man 1

Baptism by Fire 7

Cannae 10

Public Office 14

Selection for Command 15

Military Competency 18

2 The Strategic Setting 25

Carthaginian Strategy 28

The Battle of the Trebia River, 218 BCE 36

The Battle of Lake Trasimene, 217 BCE 39

The Battle of Cannae, 216 BCE 43

Spain 51

3 The Armies 55

The Carthaginian Army 55

The Roman Army 64

4 Scipio's Spanish Campaign 83

The Attack on New Carthage, 209 BCE 85

The Battle of Baecula, 208 BCE 102

The Battle of Ilipa, 206 BCE 115

5 The Strategist 125

Africa 126

Spain 129

The Battle of the Ebro River, 206 BCE 134

Return to Rome 139

6 The African Campaign 143

Invasion, 204 BCE 144

The Battle at the Tower of Agathocles, 204 BCE 157

The Burning of the Carthaginian Camps, 203 BCE 163

The Battle of the Great Plains, 203 BCE 166

Syphax's Defeat 172

Truce 174

7 Scipio and Hannibal 175

The Battle of Zama, 202 BCE 183

Pax Scipionis 198

8 Triumph and Fall 203

Scipio's Political Life 203

The Last Campaign 215

The Trial of Scipio 228

9 Scipio's Place in Military History 235

Notes 245

Bibliography 281

Index 291

About the Author 303

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Scipio Africanus: Rome's Greatest General 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great work by a great historian