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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780143121299
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 174,021
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
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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