In 202 BC, near the North African city of Zama, 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. Thereafter, Rome became the dominant civilization of the Mediterranean. Zama also saw the eclipse of one legendaryIn 202 BC, near the North African city of Zama, 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. Thereafter, Rome became the dominant civilization of the Mediterranean. Zama also saw the eclipse of one legendary commander, Hannibal, the scourge of Rome and the preeminent general of the Second Punic War, by Scipio, one of the greatest leaders Rome ever produced. Brian Todd Carey's compelling, original reconstruction of the battle, the grueling skirmishes that led up to it, and its aftermath—including Hannibal's exile and suicide, Scipio's triumph, and the epic Roman siege that destroyed Carthage forever as a Mediterranean power— gives a fascinating insight into the Carthaginian and Roman methods of waging war. In addition to discussing the military organization and equipment and the tactics the armies employed, the book examines the lives and military careers of Hannibal and Scipio and offers critical assessment of their contrasting leadership styles. Carey's concise account of this climactic confrontation at Zama—a pivotal episode in ancient warfare—is complemented by the detailed maps of cartographers Joshua B. Allfree and John Cairns. Hannibal's Last Battle: Zama and the Fall of Carthage will appeal to readers of military history and is an essential text for all students of the classical period.BRIAN TODD CAREY teaches history at the American Military University. He is author of Warfare in the Ancient World and Warfare in the Medieval World...
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Hannibal's Last Battle: Zama and the Fall of Carthage Reviews
I am not an historian by training, but I do find a well-written history book an enjoyable read. I chose to read this title due to the author's excellent reputation as a professor of history in Northern Colorado. Although I had no prior interest in the Punic Wars, I was pleasantly surprised by the readability and ease with which I was able to follow the events and learn the background necessary to understand the significance of the tactics used by Hannibal Barca and Scipio Africanus. The author presents a helpful Glossary of Important Personalities at the end of the book, as well as interesting details of the customs of the time period of the battles. The events of the book come to life through the descriptive narrative, which caused even a non-historian such as myself to become engaged in the text through to the very end of the book. History texts can at times be dry and pretentious. This book was a pleasant contrast and was an entertaining read while still providing a solid academic analysis of the events of the conflicts leading to the Punic Wars and the final battle at Zama. I recommend the book to students, scholars as well as those readers like me who are just curious to learn more about this time period in history.
Excellent summary of the Pubic warsThe book is a complete account of the Punic wars, not only the battle of Zama. It has detailed description of all major battles of this war and gives a picture of how difficult was to defeat the carthagenians. The book also has extensive footnotes, large biography, glossary, etc., what makes it a good source for later consultancy. The only drawback is that the authors makes a summary at the end of Chapter, like a teacher.
So I was about 82 pages into this book and it was bugging me where I knew the writer from. Brian Todd Carey was a professor of mine for a class or two at American Military University and this was unbeknownst to me when I grabbed this book from the shelf of my local library.This was a pretty good book all told. It's not often that I grab anything on Hannibal anymore because I have read so much about him that I rarely find anything new. Even knew viewpoints are hard to come by. That said, there were a few new things in here and definitely some new viewpoints. I enjoyed the last 30 pages or so the most I think because it was there that Carey talked about the relative merits of Hannibal and Scipio and made his comparison between them in terms of the quality of their generalship. (You wouldn't believe how many historians and "experts" on the subject go out of their way to avoid having an opinion on the matter.)Recommended to readers of military history, ancient history, European or African history, and Roman history.
Hannibal’s Last Battle: Zama and the Fall of Carthage gives a brief overview of the three Punic Wars, giving great focus to the major battles of each conflict and to the military organizations of the Roman and Carthaginian forces. What makes this book an indispensable addition to recent works regarding this topic are the numerous battlefield maps that clearly illustrate terrain and troop movement and how each effected the outcome of the engagements. Less focus is granted to the biographical aspects of major figures (Hamilcar Barca, Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, etc.) as well as attempts to delve into their psyches, all of which have been tackled well in other works. This monograph works best as a relatively brief introduction into the Punic Wars and as a ready resource for examination into the significant battles of that bloody century of war.
A great book that not only details the battle at Zama but also the history of the Punic wars as a whole to set you up nicely for the main focus of the book. Hannibal was a unique commander who achieved great feats in his career. Had he got at his disposal anywhere near the amount of resources the Romans had to call upon then there is no doubt that history may well have taken a different course that included no Roman empire. His three major victories on Italian soil at Lake Trebia, Lake Trasimene, and at Cannae were examples of tactical warfare at its best. For those wanting to get a good insight into the Punic wars and Hannibal then this is definately the book for you.
A terrific little book that focuses narrowly on the battles of Hannibal. Each battle is nicely detailed and mapped out. Other books will tell more about the life of Hannibal, but this one nicely details the trail of battles undertaken by the great general against the Romans over a course of twenty or thirty years, during the Punic Wars. Highly recommended for history buffs.
Best thing about this book were the very detailed maps and diagrams of the various engagements of the Punic Wars...for detailed descriptions, however, I was glad that I had previously read Carthage Must Be Destroyed which covered the subject in greater depth.
Interesting and informative -- though a bit repetitive.