Above: A coin bearing the sembelence of Scipio Africanus, the Roman general who defeated Hannibal at Zama in 202 B.C.
When Scipio was given the green light to assualt Carthage, he wasted no time in doing so. When Carthage found out he
was coming, Hannibal was immediately called home. He returned and in 202 B.C. they met on the plains of Zama. Scipio was able
to get Hannibal's vaunted Numidian cavalry, which had won many battles for him, to defect to the Roman side, in effect, wiping
out Hannibals main strength. For the first time in the war, Hannibal had more troops, but was deficent in cavalry. At the
start, Scipio's cavalry, completely destroyed Hannibal's, making this a battle of infantry. Hannibal's army was, for the most
part, inexperienced and hastily put together. He still had his veterans from the Italian campaign, but they were held
back to allow Hannibal to sacrifice his worst fighters in the front of the lines. The Romans were losing until the cavalry
returned and attacked the Carthaginians from the rear. This completely destroyed them and Hannibal surrendered soon after.