You Won’t Even Have My Bones: The Story of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus

My new book, You Won’t Even Have My Bones, has just been published. It is the story of the Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, told in the first person.

Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus was a pivotal character in history. Without him, it is unlikely that Rome would have conquered Spain during the Second Punic War, nor would they have defeated the brilliant and ruthless Hannibal in battle. The war would most likely have ended in a stalemate and Rome would not have been poised to become the dynamo that it ultimately did.

Scipio was seventeen when Rome when to war for the second time with Carthage. Hannibal had taken his army over the Alps and invaded Italy. His father, also named Publius Cornelius Scipio was a Roman Consul for the year and had the task of stopping Hannibal and his army, but the encounter at the Ticinus River did not go well for the Romans and the elder Scipio was wounded and unhorsed. Young Scipio plunged down a hill at the head of his cavalry troop and rescued his father. This would be the beginning of a long and illustrious military career in which he would lead Rome to victory against Hannibal.

Scipio justly expected to be honored and revered in Rome for his deeds, but he was brought low by the machinations of lesser men.

You Won’t Even Have My Bones is now available on Amazon and Book Locker.

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