Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization

Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization

by Richard Miles

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The first full-scale history of Hannibal's Carthage in decades and "a convincing and enthralling narrative." (The Economist )

Drawing on a wealth of new research, archaeologist, historian, and master storyteller Richard Miles resurrects the civilization that ancient Rome struggled so mightily to expunge. This monumental work charts the entirety of Carthage's history, from its origins among the Phoenician settlements of Lebanon to its apotheosis as a Mediterranean empire whose epic land-and-sea clash with Rome made a legend of Hannibal and shaped the course of Western history. Carthage Must Be Destroyed reintroduces readers to the ancient glory of a lost people and their generations-long struggle against an implacable enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101517031
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/21/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 181,221
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Miles teaches ancient history at the University of Sydney and is a Fellow-Commoner of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He has written widely on Punic, Roman, and Vandal North Africa and has directed archaeological excavations in Carthage and Rome. He divides his time between Sydney, Australia, and Cambridge, England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

List of Maps xiv

Chronology xv

Acknowledgements xx

Prologue: The Last Days of Carthage 1

Introduction: Recovering Carthage 6

1 Feeding the Beast: The Phoenicians and the-Discovery of the West 24

2 New City: The Rise of Carthage 58

3 The Realm of Heracles-Melqart: Greeks and / Carthaginians in the Central Mediterranean 96

4 The Economy of War: Carthage and Syracuse 112

5 In the Shadow of Alexander the Great: Carthage and Agathocles 139

6 Carthage and Rome 157

7 The First Punic War 177

8 The Camp Comes to Carthage: The Mercenaries' Revolt 200

9 Barcid Spain 218

10 Don't Look Back 235

11 In the Footsteps of Heracles 256

12 The Road to Nowhere 283

13 The Last Age of Heroes 308

14 The Desolation of Carthage 324

15 Punic Faith 352

Notes 374

Bibliography 452

Index 487

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Carthage Must Be Destroyed 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, I would recommend it to any history buff. Miles gives a great account of the Carthaginian way of life politically, socially and militarily from their origins to their demise.
Flyman More than 1 year ago
Very good in understannding the times and geo-political environment of that era. I must confess that I skipped over some of the god-stuff. I thought that part was over emphasized. I was most interested in the facts of Carthage startup, development, and demise.
Luke_Crumley More than 1 year ago
This is a very dense historical analysis that also captures some great individual stories. The author is able to strike a balance so non-academics can tag-along. Great for anyone who wants to know more about Meditterranean History.
starkravingmad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting history of Punic Wars and the rise (and fall) of Carthage.
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This book is a fine scholarly account of the intertwining of Rome and Carthage but it makes for dry reading. I never finished it - it was just too deadly to read more than a few paragraphs at a time. But if I was studying ancient Carthage and wanted a good text book with plenty of historic sources to review, then this would be fine. For the average history buff, it is a slow go.