You have to I inspire them when they are hungry and exhausted and desperately uncomfortable and in great danger. He elaborates Scipio's life as a never-defeated commander who took Rome out of its darkest hours to become the unchallengeable supreme power in Mediterranean world. Still: The history is short and more than worth reading. He became an idealized perfect hero who was seen to have served the ends of Providence. This made them more maneuverable in the battlefield, which often had uneven terrain. Unsurprisingly, it is on Scipio as a soldier that he focuses. This attitude nurtured the very high standards to which Scipio held the Roman , as is seen in his volunteering for duty in Spain 151 and in his severity as 142.
This book came mostly from the writings of his chief lieutenant Laelus, and Livy. The Roman eventually fells with a single telling thrust or slash. Rest assured, dear readers, the Molossus dog was real. Fortunately, this part of Polybius' history has survived, and we have many details of the action which are given to us by Liddell Hart with great relish. He favoured the role of the people in political decision making; but, like Polybius, he feared that an excess of the democratic element would lead to and so opposed the actions of Tiberius Gracchus during his tribunate 133. As Scipio had predicted, Hannibal was recalled from Italy in order to defend his homeland. This book,although very much a continuation from another point of view,is not quite as vigorous and 'page-turnin Scipio is the second installment of a trilogy by Ross Leckie.
His political aims and ideals have been variously assessed. Author makes several excellent points about Scipio's strategic and tactical intelligence. The Senate again ordered him to attack Hannibal in Italy. For 10 years 210-201 he commanded a devoted army at the people's wish. It was a plum for the picking, but only if Scipio could keep his intentions secret.
No doubt Scipio was oppressed by the thought of the responsibility that he would have on becoming the head of the great house of the Scipios it is uncertain when his adoptive father, Publius Scipio, died as well as in representing the Aemilii. Hannibal fled back to Carthage and urged surrender, thus ending the Second Punic War. While the lost battle - Hannibal's biggest victory in Italy - is described in some detail, the aftermath is covered with haste. Lastly, building a navy from 10 small vessels would have been a resource-heavy endeavor that a weakened Carthage, subservient to Rome, would be unable to undertake. I felt the need to check because this book is almost comically admiring of Scipio though; Hart essentially says Scipio's main fault was that he was too good and pure to realize the pettiness of Fabian and Cato as they tried to undermine him. Scipio is different in this regard, and yet he is not ever really mentioned. Pressing the attack, the legionnaires began to scale the walls, but the defenders thwarted each attack.
Almost by default, therefore, the Senate bestowed the rank of proconsul upon the dead Scipios' son and nephew. Battle formation on previous days. He is upfront about these problems and makes a good case for his evaluations. If you have any interest in Roman History, or military history, this is a must read. He was again elected consul in 194, but later retired from public life, disillusioned by attacks from opponents jealous of his popularity. Scipio Africanus teaches several lessons on the enduring nature of war. The territory became a Roman colony.
His legacy, however, would far outlive him, as one of the most influential minds in one of history's most influential civilizations. His elder brother was adopted by a son or grandson of , another prominent commander in the Second Punic War, whose name became. Full of pointless, meandering asides, empty philosophizing, and inartful attempts to educate us about Roman everyday life. You may disagree but Hart makes some good arguments as to Publius's superiority in that realm. And now the Carthaginian armies were effectively cut off from Carthage.
Har Scipio Africanus, to the extent he is remembered, is remembered as a Great Captain. After Following his successes in Africa, Scipio returned home to Rome. Dejection reigned in the camp, and the plain was filled with the cries of men calling out the name of Scipio. Not sure yet how the third book fits in. What would have happened if Hannibal Barca won? Of Scipio's boyhood or the date of his marriage to Aemilia, daughter of Aemilius Paullus, consul of 216 who fell at Cannae, nothing is known. Spain was now a colony of Rome.
For example, see the opening combat scenes of the movie Gladiator. The Roman army broke into columns, creating wide aisles that the elephants passed right through. Rome's Italian allies complained about lawsuits brought against them and chose Scipio Aemilianus to defend them. To him they were not simply the losers from Cannae. He is said to have ordered his burial at Liternum and not in the ungrateful city of Rome, where his family tomb lay outside, on the Appian Way. Young men avoided enrollment as soldiers through unverifiable excuses. Consul Scipio led one of the first forces against Hannibal, and learned quickly just how formidable an opponent the Carthaginian would be.
I was most engaged when Hart describes Scipio's moral qua Quality history crafted from the very few sources available on Scipio Africanus. Consequently, despite his invincibility on the battlefield, Hannibal could not win the war. He then had each of those lanes masked behind a formation of lightly armed skirmishers, or velites, so that the Roman army appeared as a solid mass. When Scipio suggests a lenient peace probably for no better reason than to ensure it was all signed and settled before a consul replaced him and diminished his glory Liddell Hart draws comparisons between this greatness of spirit and transcendant humanity with what he rightly viewed as disastrously vindictive Versailles settlement. There is some debate outside of this record about his overall greatness as a tactician, but as far as strategy and cunning he was certainly among the all-time great.
Basil Henry Liddell Hart 1895—1970 was a soldier and military theorist and historian who in the 1920's and 30's urged upon the British military establishment a reliance on the air force and navy that relegated to the army a secondary role in which the armored branch was pivotal. I went into this book on one of my favorite Romans, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, ready to experience an old style, biased, painfully and wonderfully British biography, and I got exactly what I wanted. Annibale rispose che reputava il più grande Alessandro, e poi Pirro. The book is a fictional account of the life of Scipio from about the time Hannibal starts his invasion of Italy till he is beaten decisively by Scipio at the Battle of Zama. Like Scipio, Hannibal placed his cavalry on the wings.