The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146BC

Paperback | October 9, 2003

byAdrian Goldsworthy

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The greatest conflict of antiquity, the struggle for supremacy between Rome and Carthage.

The struggle between Rome and Carthage in the Punic Wars was arguably the greatest and most desperate conflict of antiquity. The forces involved and the casualties suffered by both sides were far greater than in any wars fought before the modern era, while the eventual outcome had far-reaching consequences for the history of the Western World, namely the ascendancy of Rome. An epic of war and battle, this is also the story of famous generals and leaders: Hannibal, Fabius Maximus, Scipio Africanus, and his grandson Scipio Aemilianus, who would finally bring down the walls of Carthage.

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The greatest conflict of antiquity, the struggle for supremacy between Rome and Carthage.The struggle between Rome and Carthage in the Punic Wars was arguably the greatest and most desperate conflict of antiquity. The forces involved and the casualties suffered by both sides were far greater than in any wars fought before the modern er...

Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, including THE FALL OF THE WEST, CAESAR, IN THE NAME OF ROME, CANNAE and ROMAN WAR...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.75 × 5.12 × 1 inPublished:October 9, 2003Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Superb Piece of Work By the Best Author on Ancient Rome Today Yet another excellent book by the best author on ancient Rome out there today in my opinion. Goldsworthy remains loyal to the direct historical sources and stays away from the pablum of “historical fiction”. He indicates where facts are scant and contradictory, yet remains edifying, compelling and interesting. This is the best description I’ve seen of the epic battle between Rome and Carthage, two of the world’s leading powers of the age. Goldsworthy superbly layers in the social, political and individual elements of the story that drive the events and results which he catalogs expertly. His discussion at the end of the book tying everything together in terms of what made Rome what it was is nothing short of brilliant. He describes the almost absolute loyalty of Rome’s citizens and Rome’s utter rejection of the possibility of defeat as drivers of Roman power better than anyone else has in my opinion. These are both put to the ultimate test in the Punic Wars, and Rome came out with flying colors. But he also talks insightfully about the seeds of the Empire’s ultimate destruction. He has several other books on this topic, some of which I've reviewed. I would like to see more pictures or diagrams, for example of the boats he describes that were so critical in the First Punic War. I still don’t really understand the difference between a “five” or a “six”, or a “sixteen” for that matter, although the progression was critical to the prosecution of the war. Guess I could Google it . . . Bottom line, this is a very worthy read of one of the most epochal events in world history. Academically rigorous without ever bogging down or becoming a boring, self-indulgent, “look how learned I am” piece—a great summer read. Cheers.
Date published: 2009-07-04

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