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This page contains a directory for books by and about Publius Cornelius Scipio. The great Scipio Africanus. Whose greatness lay not in his military prowess. In a sense Scipio was a student of Hannibal. And of his own father. A man of great imagination. One who never did the same thing twice in battle. For his time a man of extraordinary kindness and concern for his men. Constantly training them to sharpen their military skills. But also to think,

Galambos also had great respect for the best biographer of Scipio: Basil Henry Liddell hart.[ 1 ] Who truly understod Scipio and his greatness. What constituted his greatness. What cemented his position in history as one of the greatest of all thinking beings. That at age thirty–five he turned down the chance to rule the “entire known world.” For life. Saying “No, no man should rule other men. And certainly not for a lifetime.” In the end to honor the memory of his men who had died in battle, Scipio did accept for the usual one year. Read about this in Liddell Harts's A Greater Than Napoleon.

You can play the music I propose to accompany Scipio's march up the Appian Way to the Colesium, where he will receive his Triumph. It starts softly as you can see Scipio off in the distance, riding his horse at the head of the 5th and 6th Legions. The losers at Cannae, but the victors at Zama. Scipio's Triumphal March. This is actually I pini della Via Appia, by the great Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). I have taken the liberty of renaming it, it seems appropriate music for the event. The music starts off at a low volume and builds up to a cresendo (a bit like Ravel's Bolero) as Scipio arrives at the Colesium.

At the Colesium the Senate & People of Rome bestow upon him the title Scipio Afrianus. And offer him the position as sole Consul for life. Rather than one of 3 Consuls, rotating on a yearly basis. Effectively, Dictator of Rome, and of the Roman Empire. Scipio thanks them for offering the position but declines it[ fn ]. Herein lies the true greatness of Scipio. Unusually perceptive of Scipio at such an early time in the history of Homo sapiens.


  1. Scipio Africanus: Soldier and Politician - Scullard
  2. Scipio Africanus in the Second Punic War - Scullard
  3. Scipio Africanus - Liddell Hart
  4. Hannibal - Leckie
  5. Scipio Africanus - Leckie
  6. The Battle of Zama - Nardo
  7. Scipio Africanus - Livy
  8. Battle of Zama (202 Bce)- Scipio Defeats Hannibal - VHS Tape
  9. Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal - DVD
  10. Hannibal & Rome (a DVD –2010)
  11. Why don't we learn from history? - Liddell Hart

Scipio Africanus: Soldier and Politician (Aspects of Greek and Roman life) (Unknown Binding)
by H. H Scullard

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Scipio Africanus in the Second Punic War
H H Scullard
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Scipio Africanus,
by B. H. Liddell Hart

Scipio Africanus
by Michael Grant (Foreword), B. H. Liddell Hart
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“An intensely interesting book.” —Spectator Scipio Africanus (236–183 b.c.) was one of the most exciting and dynamic leaders in history. As commander, he never lost a battle. Yet it is his adversary, Hannibal, who has lived on in public memory.

As B.H. Liddell Hart writes, “Scipio’s battles are richer in stratagems and ruses—many still feasible today—than those of any other commander in history.” Any military enthusiast or historian will find this to be an absorbing, gripping portrait.

About the Author
Captain Basil Henry Liddell Hart's (1895-1970) many books include Lawrence of Arabia and The Rommel Papers.

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by Ross Leckie
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Ride on the historic charge across the Alps and into battle against the Romans in Ross Leckie's debut novel Hannibal, an exuberant account of the life, love, and inner torment of the great Carthaginian general sworn to bringing defeat to the Romans. The novel begins with a scarred and defeated Hannibal, who recounts how he came from the shores of North Africa to the heart of the Italian peninsula. Leckie's book brings Hannibal to life through a realistic psychological profile and a well–researched account of the ancient general's life and military exploits. Leckie excels at describing Hannibal's tactics and the brilliance of his strategy, while rounding out the story with insights into Hannibal's family and marital life. Strap on the battle armor and mount your pachyderms —charge!!! —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
“A battle is like lust. The frenzy passes. Consequence remains.” So reflects the 65–year-old Hannibal as he recounts the trials of a battle commander's life in British writer's Leckie's first novel. Readers may already be somewhat acquainted with the warlord’s record: how the Carthaginian was born and bred to become the leader of a great army, how he marched toward Rome in the company of thousands of mercenaries and elephants, crossing the Alps in a legendary winter of privation. Less familiar will be the portrait of Hannibal as a lover (of Similce, a Spanish woman whom he marries) or as an introspective man well-versed in the Greek philosophers. Published to fine reviews in England, Leckie’s fictional memoir is written in a simple, visceral style that brings a raw immediacy to descriptions of ancient battle. The Oxford–trained author, who drew on many classical sources, is as authoritative about crucifixions and the torture of pregnant women as he is about the details of the great warrior's brilliant military strategies. Leckie seeks not to bury Hannibal in analysis but to portray him. He gives readers a taste of an outsized man whose obsession to conquer Rome made him as bloodthirsty as he was bold. This is a ripping good read whose lesson in ancient history is yet another reward.
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Scipio Africanus
by Ross Leckie
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This is the second novel in Leckie's proposed trilogy about ancient Carthage, after the highly praised Hannibal (Regnery, 1996). Here the focus is on ancient Rome's greatest general, Scipio Africanus, the man who defeated one of the world's legendary military leaders. The story is told in Scipio's own words, near the end of his life, as he is dictating his memoirs to his secretary, Bostar, who once, unbeknownst to Scipio, served as geographer to Hannibal. The narrative is interspersed with bits of Bostar's own story, and this often adds a poignant counterpoint to the story of the great general. Scipio seems to be a rather stiff character in many ways, ever conscious of his duty as a scion of one of Rome's most important military families and unable to give in to his true desires, forcing himself to become the man and hero his father has trained him to be. Leckie writes vivid battle scenes and makes Scipio and Bostar believably humanAand flawedAcharacters. Readers of historical fiction will find much to enjoy here. Recommended for large fiction collections. A Dean James, Murder by the Book, Houston
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From Booklist
The vividly re-created battle scenes and painstaking attention to historical detail that characterized Leckie's critically acclaimed novel Hannibal, are also hallmarks of the second installment in his epic trilogy on the Punic Wars and the political, economic, and military rivalry between Carthage and Rome. Credited with being the general who outmaneuvered and eventually defeated Hannibal, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus won decisive victories against the Carthaginians at Zama, the Seleucids at Magnesia, and the Macedonian's at Cynoscephalae. Back in Rome, Scipio was publicly accused by his bitter enemy, Cato, of pilfering enemy treasure, accepting bribes, granting clemency to enemies of the republic, promoting Hellenism in Rome, and "setting himself above the will of the Senate and the people of Rome." Dictating his memoirs to Bostar, his devoted servant and companion, Scipio stoically awaits the verdict of his peers, knowing that a condemnation from the Senate requires a penalty of death by strangulation. Sweeping in scope, this outstanding fictional biography parallels the fortunes of a military genius with the rise of the Roman empire.
Margaret Flanagan

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The Battle of Zama (Battles of the Ancient World) (Hardcover)
by Don Nardo
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Grade 6-9? Two clear and evenhanded series entries. Nardo describes the decisive battle that marked the end of the 17-year conflict between Rome and Carthage, and places it in historical perspective. Never shrinking from depictions of skilled brutality, he clearly delineates the struggle between the two most powerful nations of the Mediterranean. Likewise, Pietrusza details the personal and military battles of the hard-driving, ambitious Napoleon, as well as some of his domestic victories. One section highlights what is arguably his greatest accomplishment, the establishment of the Napoleonic Code. This balanced presentation offers a complete picture of the man and battle whose names have become synonymous. Both volumes include helpful chronologies, maps, black-and-white reproductions, and interesting sidebars. Especially valuable, particularly on the less familiar topic of Zama, are the books' annotated bibliographies and further reading sections.?Anita Palladino, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY
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The Battle of Zama was fought between the ancient nations of Rome and Carthage on the plain of Zama in 202 B.C. It resulted in a Roman victory that would spell the end of Carthage.

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Scipio Africanus
by Livy, T. A. Buckney
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With action moving from Spain to Africa, Livy offers a lively account of the exploits of a brilliant leader, making this a valuable book for scholars and students. Introductory material, photographs, and diagrams set the stage for Livy's writing, which is supplemented with extensive notes and vocabulary.

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Battle of Zama (202 Bce)- Scipio Defeats Hannibal
Giclee Print by Henri-Paul Motte, 24x18
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Description SCIPIO AFRICANUS (SCIPIO THE AFRICAN): THE DEFEAT OF HANNIBAL This spectacular costume epic celebrates ancient Rome's conquests of Africa in the Second Punic War. Made during Italy's war against Abyssinia, and heavily backed by Mussolini's regime, the film spares no spectacular effect in reclaiming the glory that was Rome. In an astounding climax, Hannibal's famed elephants charge wildly into infantry lines, only to be hacked and gored to death as Rome's heroes regain their courage. Italy, 1937, B&W, 85 minutes, Dubbed in English, Digitally restored version.

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Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal (1939)
Starring: Annibale Ninchi, Director: Carmine Gallone
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Mussolini’s government, in addition to making the railroads run on time (and other items not so good), could also produce a movie on a lavish scale, including over 6000 extras in the battle scenes. A story of the Second Punic War, beginning with Scipio’s futile pleas to the Roman Senate to build an army to battle Hannibal, that climaxes with the battle of Zama.


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Hannibal vs. Rome (2005)
A video created by the National Geographic
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Hannibal and Scipo shared a number of good characteristics. And, their monumental battle at Zama in 202 bce is a pivotal point in history. Hannibal represented an Oriental group of people who, in another 800 years or so would almost certainly have become Muslim. Thus, had he won, Europe would have become Oriental & Muslim, rather than the Occidental and Christian they did become. Then the Spanish who went to Central & South America would have probably been the same. And, later, the Europeans who went to North America the same. The world would have been an entirely different place…

Both Hannibal and Scipio were intelligent, imaginative and tenacious. And, for their time, tended to be magnanimous in victory. The "slaughter" at Cannae was the inevitable result of a lost battle. Hannibal ordered that his slain enemy should, in a sense, be buried with honor. Although history indicates that Scipio tended to keep his word better than Hannibal. But in the end, Hannibal proved to be honorable and properly discharge his duties as Military Governor of Carthage under Scipio. Inspiring Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a student of Scipio, to do the same with Japan in the Second World War.

Thus, it behooves us to learn as much about Hannibal as we can. And the National Georgraphic helps us in that.

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Go on an action-packed adventure through the high Alps, to the battlefields outside of Rome, and uncover the story of the great warrior and brilliant military strategist, Hannibal Barca. As one of the greatest military commanders ever known, he would challenge the impossible and lead one of the most daring and ingenious invasions of all time.

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Why don't we learn from history? (Unknown Binding)
by Basil Henry Liddell Hart

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Photo of iddell Hart, courtesty of Wikipedia

End Notes

  1. Eventually Scipio did accept the position, but with the stipulation that it would last for only a year. He did this to honor the soldiers who had served under him for more than 10 years, and made it possible for him to eventually defeat Hannibal and save Rome from defeat.
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  2. Some links to follow for more information on Liddell Hart
    Why don't we learn from history?
    Liddell Hart Centre for Military Arhives
    Answers.com Basil LIddell Hart Wikipedia Entry: B. H. Liddell Hart
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  3. There is a picture of a Roman coin in the British Museum. In a letter to me some time in 1974 or so, Scullard told me that the photo of the bust of Scipio seen in various books is almost certianly not that of Scipio. And that the coin probably has the only true likeness of Sciipio existing.
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