At Zama in what is now Tunisia in 202 BC the armies of two empires clashed. The Romans under Scipio Africanus won a bloody, decisive victory over Hannibal’s Carthaginians. Scipio’s victory signalled a shift in the balance of power in the ancient world. Brian Todd Carey’s compelling reconstruction of the battle, and of the gruelling war that led up to it, gives a fascinating insight into the Carthaginian and Roman methods of waging war. And it offers a critical assessment of the contrasting qualities and leadership styles of Hannibal and Scipio, the two most celebrated commanders of their age.
HANNIBAL’S LAST BATTLE Zama and the Fall of Carthage
A brilliant account of the final campaign of Hannibal, the great Carthaginian commander who came nearer than any to overthrowing Rome. The author contrasts Hannibal s Generalship with that of his adversary Scipio Africanus, and shows how Roman patience and ruthlessness overcame Hannibal s military genius.