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Scipio Africanus: Rome's Greatest General Hardcover – June 1, 2008
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Augustin and Elissa de Cartago, however, are not persuaded by Gabriel's arguments. Augustin notes and implicitly agrees with Gabriel's view that "the brilliance of a general depends on the quality of his defeated opponents," but goes on to assert that "the only great opponent Scipio ever defeated was Hannibal at Zama, a victory scored by luck and the fortunate arrival of Massinissa's cavalry at the battlefield in the nick of time." He thus dismisses Gabriel's observation that the Carthaginian generals Scipio faced in Spain were quite competent, citing in particular "the bungling Hasdrupal Gisco" as "surely the sorriest excuse for a commander in the Wars." But how do we know that Gisco and his brethren were incompetent? Because they were beaten by Scipio!
What seems to have escaped Augustin's attention is that the quality of generals can only be assessed after the fact, by the outcome of the battles they fought and by their performance in those battles; or that, relatedly, the supposedly poor quality of Scipio's opponents might be a function of Scipio's talents. In universe of tautological thinking that Augustin inhabits, we know he Carthaginian generals lose because they're incompetent; and we know they're incompetent because they lose.
One imagines that Augustin is perplexed by Scipio's astonishing good luck in facing a succession of Carthage's incompetent generals. Where, one wonders, were the competent Carthaginian generals? Vacationing in the Balearic Islands? Lolling on the sands of Carthage's municipal beaches?Read more ›
Although the story of the Rome and her wars has been told so many times, there were so many little gems that I encountered for the first time. For example, although I thought I was familiar with the consular system of two governing consuls, I did not know that in battle, they alternated command between them every other day. That is just one of several fresh insights I got in the chapter on the nature of each side's armies. The closing section of that same chapter on the daily logistical requirements of the army and its pack/draft animals was also enlightening, and helped me understand more than ever why ancient armies required winter quarters, until the fields produced this much needed fodder again in the spring.
Additional pluses to this volume are Gabriel's judgement with regard to primary sources, neither entirely trusting them, nor entirely dismissing them, but falling somewhere in the sober middle ground. When a source's report seems doubtful, he offers several likely alternative scenarios, all of which are reasonably and convincingly argued.Read more ›
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The author does an excellent job of showing why Scipio is one of history's greatest commanders. I highly recommend this book.Published 5 days ago by Bill Robinson
This is a closely reasoned, well documented, sound military history of Scipio. It presents arguments that Scipio Africanus was Rome's greatest general. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John H. Austin Jr.
Excellent historical read about a neglected Roman figure. I found this book very enjoyable and informativePublished 17 months ago by Thomas S Ahrens
Book arrived as advertised (great condition) and very quickly. Very satisfied with my purchase.Published 18 months ago by Sherry B.
This book assisted the completion of a lesson I created on the Punic Wars. I completed three lessons for this session.Published on December 9, 2013 by SpecOps
Richard Gabriel is a military historian and his strength lies in his thorough understanding of military history, strategy, tactics and logistics. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Robin E. Levin
This is my grandson's favorite, he started reading it on Xmas Day over all other toys etc. What a great author. Arrived promptlyPublished on January 14, 2013 by Haley M
SCIPIO AFRICANUS is an excellent introduction to the amazing general Scipio Africanus. The book is straight forward, and as simple as a work of history can be and still encompass... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Frank 7SFG