RE25 Personalities: Scipio, Varro, Fabius
Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus (236–183 BC)
Scipio was a general in the Second Punic War and statesman of the Roman Republic. He was best known for defeating Hannibal of Carthage, a feat that earned him the agnomen Africanus, the nickname the Roman Hannibal and recognition as one of the finest commanders in military history.
Gaius Terentius Varro (
Varro, together with Lucius Aemilius Paullus, commanded the Legions in Rome’s worst ever defeat at Cannae in 216BC by the Carthaginian General, Hannibal. Later, as Propraetor, he successfully defended Etruria against Hasdrubal Barca, Hannibal’s younger brother.
Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (c 275 BC-203 BC)
Fabius, called Cunctator (the Delayer), was a Roman politician and soldier, born in Rome around 275 BC and died in Rome in 203 BC. His epithet refers to his tactics in deploying the troops during the Second Punic War. His cognomen Verrucosus means warty, a reference to the wart above his upper lip.