After reading a few books about Scipio Africanus I can’t tell you how enthralled I became with the man and his particular ethics and battlefield tactics. When the man was 17-18 he saved his father from death by charging through enemy lines to retrieve his father who was surrounded. By the time he was 21 he had already been through the battle of Cannae and received his Aedile position. At the ripe age of 24 he commandeered the battle group that would eventually attack Hispania (Spain) and by the time he reached 27 he had not only taken over all of Hispania from the Carthaginians but was put in charge of all Roman forces. With the defeat of Hannibal at Zama by his hands Scipio secured his place among the greatest generals of all time, never being defeated, and never letting Rome down. So when I finished reading through this book I was disdained to think how horrid the cover was and how much of a disservice it was to such a great man. I decided to pay homage to him with a better one.