Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus

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From the sun rising above the marshes of Maeotia
There is no one who may equal me in deeds.
If is it right for anyone to rise into the regions of the gods,
For me alone the greatest gate of heaven stands open.
Quintius Ennius, Epitaph of Scipio Africanus

Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus (236 - 184 BCE) was the greatest Roman general, and arguably the greatest General of the ancient world. Acknowledged as the "Perfect Prince" by the hellenistic world in his own time, he was the conquoror of the great Carthaginian Hannibal Barca, and was instrumental in shaping the policies and the army that made Rome the unchallenged mistress of the Mediterranean world.


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