[ sip-ee-oh, skip- ]

  1. Pub·li·us Cor·nel·ius Scipio Af·ri·ca·nus Major [puhb-lee-uhs kawr-neel-yuhs, af-ri-key-nuhs, -kan-uhs, -kahn-], /ˈpʌb li əs kɔrˈnil yəs, ˌæf rɪˈkeɪ nəs, -ˈkæn əs, -ˈkɑn-/, "Scipio the Elder", 237–183 b.c., Roman general who defeated Hannibal.

  2. his adopted grandson, Publius Cornelius Scipio Ae·mil·i·a·nus Africanus Minor [ee-mil-ee-ey-nuhs], /iˌmɪl iˈeɪ nəs/, "Scipio the Younger", c185–129 b.c., Roman general: besieger and destroyer of Carthage.

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/ (ˈskɪpɪˌəʊ, ˈsɪpɪˌəʊ) /

  1. full name Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major. 237–183 bc, Roman general. He commanded the Roman invasion of Carthage in the Second Punic War, defeating Hannibal at Zama (202)

  2. full name Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus Minor. ?185–129 bc, Roman statesman and general; the grandson by adoption of Scipio Africanus Major. He commanded an army against Carthage in the last Punic War and razed the city to the ground (146). He became the leader (132) of the opposition in Rome to popular reforms

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