|Scipio Africanus (1998) [Novel]|
by Ross Leckie
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Series: Punic Wars
(From the publisher):
At the battle of Zama Scipio destroyed the power of Carthage, at Magnesia he crushed the mighty Seleucid empire, and at Cynoscephalae the resurgent Macedonian empire of Philip V. In these three great battles the legacy of Alexander the Great was swept aside and Rome stood alone as master of the world of antiquity.
If any one man created the foundations of the Roman Empire it was Publius Cornelius Scipio - aristocrat, general, politician, and aesthete. This is a novel of love, intrigue, and betrayal, and of a genius who discovers he is only a man. From the height of power and glory, Scipio died disgraced and alone, brought down by the jealousy and intrigues of his rivals.
But above all this is a novel of the power and pageantry of the ancient world, a novel of the clash and fall of empires in the melting pot of war and diplomacy, a novel about a time when the ancient world we know today was forged. In epic sweep and scale the life of Scipio Africanus parallels that of his great rival and contemporary, Hannibal.
Original title: Scipio
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Rome