Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise And Fall Of An Ancient Civilization

Paperback | June 26, 2012

byRichard 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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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 ...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 1.2 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143121294

ISBN - 13:9780143121299

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Work This sweeping history is a must have for anyone reading about Carthage or the Punic Wars. Miles manages to capture the whole history of Carthage within his book, but is able to still go into detail. This book is just terrific and is a great resource for Carthaginian history. This book would be accessible for people with both a deep knowledge of Carthage or someone with no background knowledge either. A superb read!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A History of Carthage In this scholarly yet highly accessible book, the author recounts the story of the ancient North African city of Carthage. Starting with the ancient Phoenicians in the eastern Mediterranean, he describes the western trade routes developed by them which eventually led to the foundation of various colonies including the city of Carthage. In parallel, he also discusses the foundation and evolution of Rome and the circumstances that led to the Punic Wars. Finally, he discusses the aftermath of Carthage’s destruction and its effects on Rome. Throughout this narrative, the reader learns of the religious beliefs in both cultures and how highly important the gods were to both camps. One also meets the individuals that feature prominently in this story on both sides. Important military encounters are engagingly described, although in much less detail than in other works. Overall, I found this book to be loaded with fascinating information about the ancient Mediterranean, particularly Carthage and Rome, during the first millennium BCE, e.g., trade, exploration, expansion, conflicts, myths, religious beliefs, etc. Since the author covers so many such aspects of Carthaginian history, I found some topics to be much more captivating than others. I noticed that, for me, the narrative’s pace clearly picked up near the beginning of the First Punic War - about half way through the main text. Although any interested reader could enjoy this informative book, I suspect that ancient history enthusiasts will likely relish it the most.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh perspective on an old subject A great read for those looking to learn more about a lost civilization that had a huge influence in the making of Rome (through its struggle with it). This book is refreshing read since the author focuses on the rise and fall of Carthage where Rome is a supporting actor rather than the veiled star.
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Modern Look at Carthage! An updated recounting of the rise and fall of Carthage courtesy of the military might of Rome. Enjoyable but some chapters could be difficult, especially when dealing with ancient Gods. The book picks up steam when Hannibal invades Rome in the Second Punic War and when the author provides descriptions of everyday-life. A decent foray into ancient history and the struggle for Empire. Not a mind-blowing book but decent.
Date published: 2012-10-27