Scipio Africanus:Greater than Napoleon

Scipio Africanus Greater than Napoleon Scipio Africanus B C was one of the most exciting and dynamic leaders in history As commander he never lost a battle Yet it is his adversary Hannibal who has lived on in the public memory d

  • Title: Scipio Africanus:Greater than Napoleon
  • Author: B.H. Liddell Hart Michael Grant
  • ISBN: 9780306805837
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scipio Africanus 236 183 B.C was one of the most exciting and dynamic leaders in history As commander he never lost a battle Yet it is his adversary, Hannibal, who has lived on in the public memory, due mostly to his daring march through the Alps with his elephants At the Battle of the Ticinus, Hannibal s initial encounter with Roman arms, young Scipio first tasted wScipio Africanus 236 183 B.C was one of the most exciting and dynamic leaders in history As commander he never lost a battle Yet it is his adversary, Hannibal, who has lived on in the public memory, due mostly to his daring march through the Alps with his elephants At the Battle of the Ticinus, Hannibal s initial encounter with Roman arms, young Scipio first tasted warfare, rescuing his dangerously wounded, encircled father, who was also the Roman commander By nineteen Scipio was the equivalent of a staff colonel and in 210 B.C he was placed in supreme command In three years he destroyed Carthaginian power in Spain and, after being made consul, took his forces to Africa, where he conquered Carthage s great ally, Syphax Two years later he clashed with Hannibal himself, annihilating his army in the decisive Battle of Zama For this triumph and his other exploits in the Punic Wars, Scipio was awarded the title Africanus.In his fascinating portrait of this extraordinary commander, B H Liddell Hart writes, The age of generalship does not age, and it is because Scipio s battles are richer in stratagems and ruses many still feasible today than those of any other commander in history that they are an unfailing object lesson Not only military enthusiasts and historians but all those interested in outstanding men will find this magnificent study absorbing and gripping.

    Scipio Africanus Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus s k p i o BC , also known as Scipio Africanus Major, Scipio Africanus the Elder and Scipio the Great, was a Roman general and later consul who is often regarded as one of the greatest military commanders and strategists of all time His main achievements were during the Second Punic War where he is best known for defeating Hannibal at Rome s Craftiest General Scipio Africanus HistoryNet Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus learned the art of war in the hardest and bloodiest of all forums on the battlefield against Hannibal As a year old, he followed his father, Roman consul Publius Cornelius Scipio, into Northern Italy on Rome s first engagement against the Carthaginian Battle of Ilipa The Battle of Ilipa l p was an engagement considered by many as Scipio Africanus s most brilliant victory in his military career during the Second Punic War in BC. It may have taken place on a plain east of Alcal del Rio, Seville, Spain, near the village of Payakorn . Link

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    1. Publius Cornelius Scipio (236–183 BC)Publius Cornelius Scipio, better known to history as Scipio Africanus (the Elder), was very likely the greatest general the Roman Empire ever had, entering the written record at the age of seventeen when he led a cavalry charge that saved his father's life (the commander of the Roman forces) at the battle of Ticinus, the initial encounter of Hannibal's forces with the Roman army on Italian soil. The Romans lost that battle and almost all of the subsequent b [...]

    2. This book; Scipio Africanus: Greater than Napoleon, by Liddell Hart was first published in 1926 and the years have not condemned it to the forgotten back shelves of a library. This is a great history, although I take exception to the subtitle - Greater than Napoleon being an ardent fan of that great General! This is a story well told, with verve and passion and it is hard to put down. I loved this book when I first read it in 1992 upon its first re-release and its been reprinted numerous times s [...]

    3. I don't think a man can have a more British name than Sir B(asil) H(enry) Liddell Hart. 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.Liddell Hart loves Scipio more than any other general in history, maybe even more than his own mother, and I think that means something coming from a man who advised the British government on security in t [...]

    4. Очень интересная биография полузабытого ныне человека.Прочитал с огромным интересом и однозначно прочитаю ещё несколько книг о Сципионе, так как такие люди рождаются не очень часто, а пробиваются к вершинам власти и остаются в памяти народной и того реже И тем не менее, у [...]

    5. Recommended by James Mattis. It was refreshing after reading a very academic book to read something written in the older history book style with an enjoyable narrative. The author made a strong argument that Scipio was one of the all time great strategists and the war between him and Hannibal/Carthage was one of the few times such brilliant thinkers in charge of opposing armies faced off against each other. Scipio was on a different level than many other victors. As Polybius stated, "Those who h [...]

    6. I found Scipio Africanus by B.H. Liddell Hart a very informative read. Perhaps there is more that can be offered about the victorious General of Zama but this at least wets my appetite to learn a bit more. Much like Cincinatus, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus is a model of what classical thinkers expect from their leaders - statesman who's primary concern is his country, not his glory.The end of the book offers some analysis by comparing other military leaders to Africanus. You may disagree b [...]

    7. You must read this! The general who defeated Hannibal. The statesman who put Rome's interest first, even when unpopular. Beloved by friends and foes alike. I will always carry this book with me.

    8. Military hagiography. Don't read unless you like sitting around a campfire comparing the military strategies of Caesar and Napoleon and Patton.

    9. What can we learn about the enduring nature of war from Scipio Africanus? In other words, what does he have to say to us about the art and science of war? Is it relevant to modern war?Scipio Africanus teaches several lessons on the enduring nature of war. Through his example Scipio teaches us that soldiers need to know that their leaders believe in something. “Scipio similarly made the men under his command more sanguine and more ready to face perilous enterprises by instilling into them the b [...]

    10. Scipio needed a better PR person. He might have had one, but probably fired them. You see, one of the reasons I understand why Scipio isn't seated in the Great Generals list is because if you look at others, like Napoleon, Caesar, Alexander. they were royalty, nobles, egomaniacs. Scipio did what he did for love of his country, not for himself. He refused titles laid on him, he refused gifts and instead insisted in sharing any spoils. He refused women, drink, and favouritism. He wanted his brothe [...]

    11. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn more about the great general who would defeat Hannibal at the battle of Zama in 202 B.C. and win the second Punic war for the Romans.Basil Henry Liddell Hart absolutely adores Scipio Africanus. He puts him in front of all ancient generals, even Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. And he makes some fair points why. Scipio by all accounts seems to have been some sort of a proto-gentleman, capable of treating defeated anemies with [...]

    12. I started this book as I assume many others. I knew about Punic wars, I knew about Hannibal but I had no clue of Scipio. Luckily this book changed that. Scipio was the one who beat Roman's archenemy, conquered more for Rome than ever before or faster than anyone ever did. And he did this while declining a status and name of the king which was given to him. A great general in all spheres. Liddell Hart's style of writing is enjoyable and his insights, not only to the the battles Scipio won, but to [...]

    13. Quality history crafted from the very few sources available on Scipio Africanus. Hart's true gift here is to question why Scipio is appears to be less revered and studied than generals like Alexander, Caesar, Hannibal, and Napoleon. Hart provides evidence that Scipio was the superior in both strategy, and tactics than these military geniuses (he also decisively defeated Hannibal, and yet doesn't receive the same adoration as that commander). I was most engaged when Hart describes Scipio's moral [...]

    14. In this book, Liddell Hart elevates Scipio Africanus to the peak of military art and proclaims him the greatest general in history. 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.Under Liddell Hart's pen, Scipio is nearly perfect. He was a tactician better than Hannibal, a strategist at par with Napoleon, a grand strategist non-comparable by Hannibal, Napoleon, or Alexander the Gr [...]

    15. Scipio Africanus, to the extent he is remembered, is remembered as a Great Captain. Hart goes farther, proudly proclaiming him in the title as “Greater than Napoleon.” Not bad for someone who tends to be overshadowed by his arch-nemesis, Hannibal (who in turn is overshadowed by an Anthony Hopkins, but that’s hardly his fault), despite having decisively defeated him at Zama. This is likely in part due to a paucity of material on Scipio, something Hart sets out to remedy with admirable succe [...]

    16. “That Caesar's work is known universally, and Scipio little more than a name to the ordinary educated man, is a curious reflection on our historical standards, for one inaugurated the world dominion of Roman civilization, the other paved the way for its decay.”“How might the course of history have been changed had not Scipio's successors reversed his policy and entered upon the fateful path of annexation? When the Barbarian invasions came they found the Mediterranean world composed of Stat [...]

    17. If you have any interest in Roman History, or military history, this is a must read. While Liddell Hart has been questioned for his lack of depth by not delving into the German and Italian writings on Scipio, he still provides a detailed and thoroughly interesting portrait of one of the greatest generals and statesmen of all time. So little is written about Scipio, and yet he is one of the most interesting characters of the early Roman era, or for that matter, one of the most interesting and inf [...]

    18. Liddell Hart writes a fascinating portrait on Scipio Africanus, one of the underrated generals in world history. He covers Scipio's rise from his youth until his death and takes special care in describing the Second Punic War.Liddell Hart writes in a very short and succinct style that I quite like. He quotes sparingly and this does make for a much more readable account. The main sources that he uses are Livy and Polybius and he does mention the problems of only having two main sources but despit [...]

    19. The Roman republic reminds me in some ways of our own. This volume focuses primarily on Scipio's conduct of military operations. While I am not a student of such matters, Hart's descriptions are lucid and even a nonspecialist can follow events. He is limited, of course, by the fact that sources of information in such a distant past are scarce, and even those that are available have to be weighed for bias. He is upfront about these problems and makes a good case for his evaluations. The account a [...]

    20. An excellent short biography of Scipio Africanus, the general who defeated Hannibal and Antiochus and made Rome the master of the ancient world. Author makes several excellent points about Scipio's strategic and tactical intelligence. Also, there is a great discussion of Scipio's ability to make use of victory to crate long term advantage (something which may have eluded Hannibal after his victory at Cannae and a failed march on Rome).Another excellent point the author makes is how Scipio was ex [...]

    21. This is a really interesting take on Scipio Africanus, by a very influential strategist. The book's utility to a historian is limited, since it is really just a rehash of Livy and Polybius and doesn't critically approach the reliability of the sources. The book's utility is primarily to the student of grand strategy. Tactically Scipio was an innovator in what we would call maneuver warfare in the ancient world. He was also a strategically has many lessons to teach regarding securing you're rear, [...]

    22. B.H. Liddell Hart wrote a work that has stood the test of nearly one hundred years. It remains THE definitive work on Publius Scipio The Younger. Regrettably we learn too often of the vain and the warmongers in our history books - the Alexanders, the Napoleons and the Caesars - while the truly great and humble heroes are lost to us. Such a man was Scipio, whose behavior off the battlefield was as instructive as his martial genius on the battlefield. Yes the language herein is a bit dated and the [...]

    23. Lidell Hart makes the case for Scipio's greatness as a general. What he does not do, however, is make the case that Scipio is greater than Alexander, Caesar, Belisarius, Heraclitus, or Genghis Khan, much less greater than Napoleon. One suspects that this book was boldly titled in order to ruffle the feathers of the orthodox military officers/historians who were its target audience. David Chandler has called Napoleon "History's greatest soldier"; Martin van Creveld has referred to Bonaparte as "p [...]

    24. I wrote a very long review that I lost when I went offline without realizing it. So, briefly:The goods: Interesting subject matter- basically well written- on the whole accurateThe bads: Can be a bit tough to get into his style- a bit dated, narrow topic (I don't view this as a bad, but some might)- clearly biased in favor of Africanus, which casts some doubt on some of the interpretations, though most of the book seems to hold up. I'd give it closer to 4 stars if I could, but as it would be 3.? [...]

    25. Capt. Lidell-Hart's books finally provides an answer to the question, "Why do people hate classics so much?" It's a pompous, bloviating tome, even though it's only a bit over 300 pages long. I read about two-thirds of it before I gave up. The book consists of quotes from Polybius and Livy peppered with sentimental musings about how awesome Scipio was and indictments of other historians, with special scorn for Mommsen, and other military men. It lacks both insight and a powerful story and should [...]

    26. An excellent biography of Rome's most succesful general. Although not terribly well-known to many modern readers, Scipio's story is both tremendously exciting and informative. Liddell Hart paints a profile of a general who was intelligent, meticulous and possessing of high moral and ethical standards. Central to the narrative is a gripping account of Scipio's rivalry with the great Carthaginian general Hannibal - his famous contemporary whose own genius rather unjustly overshadows that of this g [...]

    27. Great Read and Historical PerspectiveI rarely give reviews and this one will be short and to the point. Well written and researched with obvious respect for Scipio Africanus but not in any way does Mr. Hart edge toward gushing in his praise. Logical and thorough with engaging commentary. Well done biography with a concise and even timeline done to inform and entertain. Thanks to the author, well done sir.

    28. A tribute to a general who played a major role in positively reversing Rome's fortunes in the Second Punic War. The author compares Scipio to Hannibal and shows how Hannibal's bold character and daring risk-taking contrasts to Scipio's well laid-out plans and organization, longer strategic vision and getting inside the decision cycle of Hannibal, taking the initiative right out of his hands.After reading this book, let there be no doubt -- Scipio is superior to Hannibal.

    29. A very elegant book that captures the character and genius of a much forgotten military and political leader. Scipio Africanus was to republican Rome what George Washington was to the fledgling united Colonies. A quick read with a strong emphasis on the primary texts of Roman historians like Livy and Polybius. A must read for any military historian or biography buff.

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