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Hannibal's Last Battle (ePub)

Zama and the Fall of Carthage

Ancient History Military

By Brian Todd Carey, Illustrations by Joshua B Allfree, Illustrations by John Cairns
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 15.3 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 30 maps and other illustrations
ISBN: 9781473814813
Published: 18th October 2007


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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 careers

 Brian Todd Carey

About Brian Todd Carey

Brian Todd Carey is an Assistant Professor of History and Military History at the American Public University System, where he has taught ancient, medieval, and early modern military history for over twenty years. His first two books, Warfare in the Ancient World and Warfare in the Medieval World, cover the history of warfare in western civilization from the Bronze Age through the Thirty Years' War. His other publications include Hannibal’s Last Battle and Road to Manzikert: Byzantine and Islamic Warfare, 527-1071.

About Joshua B Allfree

Joshua B. Allfree is an IT project manager supporting the US Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He retired from the US Army as a Sergeant Major in 2014 after a 34-year career in the fields of both combat arms and information technology. He is a member of the Society for Military History.

About John Cairns

John Cairns is a professional software developer with a special emphasis on computer cartography. In collaboration with Joshua Allfree, he has worked with author Brian Todd Carey to produce Warfare in the Ancient World, Warfare in the Medieval World, Hannibal’s Last Battle and Road to Manzikert.

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