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Battle of Ilipa, 206 BC

Posted By Jonathan Webb On January 13, 2009 @ 4:08 pm In Ancient Era | 3 Comments

Scipio Africanus versus Hasdrubal Gisco: A Roman army under Scipio and a Carthaginian army stare each other down when Scipio makes a bold redeployment. Can Hasdrubal shake off his surprise and recover to defeat Scipio’s smaller army? Also known as the Battle of Silpia. Click on images below to view; first image opens video presentation and second image opens [1] PowerPoint presentation.             [2] | Legend |
 
 
For the Second Punic War, this battle is overshadowed by Metaurus River in importance and Cannae in brilliance.
 
Never has a redeployment achieved victory so handedly than in this battle. What was Hasdrubal to do?
 
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This is another one of those battles that I was immediately fascinated by after reading just one vague account of it. When first creating this site, I always intended to animate this battle. This battle did not take long to animate but would win the award for best weather effects.
 
- Jonathan Webb
 
Works Consulted
 
Bagnall, Nigel. The Punic Wars. London: Random Century, 1990.
 
Dupuy, Trevor N. The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History: From 3500 BC to the Present, Fourth Edition. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
 
Scullard, H.H. Scipio Africanus: Soldier and Politician. New York: Cornell University, 1970.
 
“The Battle of Ilipa.” Illustrated History of the Roman Empire. http://www.roman-empire.net/army/ilipa.html (accessed Sep. 5 2008).

Images
 
Carthaginian cavalry: http://rtw.heavengames.com/rtw/info/units/carthaginian_units/index.shtml
 
Carthaginian infantry: http://rtw.heavengames.com/rtw/info/units/carthaginian_units/index.shtml
 
Carthaginian war elephant: http://rtw.heavengames.com/rtw/info/units/carthaginian_units/index.shtml
 
Roman infantry: http://rtw.heavengames.com/rtw/info/units/rome/
 
Roman cavalry: http://rtw.heavengames.com/rtw/info/units/rome/
 
Scipio Africanus: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Old_man.JPG
 

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