During the Battle of Zama
, where Carthage was defeated and the Second Punic War ended, Scipio created open spaces between his ranks (as Hannibal had done at Cannae), which channeled the Punic elephants and prevented them from inflicting their usual grievous damage.
And Altdorfer's stupendous Battle of lssus (the best-known painting of the Heroes cycle) eclipses altogether Breu's Battle of Zama
Tommy, the man in question, is played by that great actor David Hemmings, star of Blow-Up,The Charge Of The Light Brigade,and,more recently,Gladiator where he was seen announcing the Battle of Zama
at the games arranged by Commodus.
Breu's paintings of the Suicide of Lucretia and Oath of Her Kinsmen (1528) and the Victory of Scipio over Hannibal at the Battle of Zama
Yes, Scipio triumphed finally at the Battle of Zama
- but at what personal cost to him as an individual or, one wonders down the centuries, to say, Montgomery at El Alamein?
Then, determined to draw Hannibal out of Italy, Scipio landed troops in northern Africa and, after a series of minor engagements, won the Battle of Zama