Scipio Africanus Rome's Greatest General

ISBN-10: 1597972053

ISBN-13: 9781597972055

Edition: 2008

Authors: Richard A. Gabriel

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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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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 326
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

RICHARD A. GABRIEL is a historian and Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Ethics at Daniel Webster College. He is the author of 35 books, incuding The Great Battles of Antiquity, The Great Armies of Antiquity, and The Great Captains of Antiquity. His most recent work is The Military History of Ancient Israel. He was a professor at St. Anselm College for more than 20 years before assuming the position of Professor of History and Politics at the U.S. Army War College where he introduced the first courses in ancient military history into the college curriculum.

List of Illustrations
The Man
Baptism by Fire
Public Office
Selection for Command
Military Competency
The Strategic Setting
Carthaginian Strategy
The Battle of the Trebia River, 218 BCE
The Battle of Lake Trasimene, 217 BCE
The Battle of Cannae, 216 BCE
The Armies
The Carthaginian Army
The Roman Army
Scipio's Spanish Campaign
The Attack on New Carthage, 209 BCE
The Battle of Baecula, 208 BCE
The Battle of Ilipa, 206 BCE
The Strategist
The Battle of the Ebro River, 206 BCE
Return to Rome
The African Campaign
Invasion, 204 BCE
The Battle at the Tower of Agathocles, 204 BCE
The Burning of the Carthaginian Camps, 203 BCE
The Battle of the Great Plains, 203 BCE
Syphax's Defeat
Scipio and Hannibal
The Battle of Zama, 202 BCE
Pax Scipionis
Triumph and Fall
Scipio's Political Life
The Last Campaign
The Trial of Scipio
Scipio's Place in Military History
About the Author
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