Hannibal's Last Battle (Kindle)
Zama and the Fall of Carthage
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.
The book is crisply written, well researched, and thoroughly documented. While the narrative is sparse, the information contained is densely packed. Carey makes use of two talented cartographers, Joshua Allfree and John Cairns, who also share the book's byline, and for good reason. The superlative maps and tactical battle diagrams are what make this book stand out from every other volume on ancient battles.... In black and white, they are of tremendous value in explicating the tactical genius of both Scipio and Hannibal, the strategic implications of the Punic Wars, and the details of the Battle of Zama itself. Carey's book is a superb piece of scholarship about one of the most dramatic and decisive battles of the ancient world,…Jim Tucci, Journal of Military History.
this is a fine, well organised and matter of fact book about the protagonists at Zama and the wider contexts of the conflict and their careersSlingshot