The Punic Wars: Rome, Carthage and the Struggle for the Mediterranean

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Random House, Sep 4, 2008 - History - 368 pages
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The Punic Wars (264-146BC) sprang from a mighty power struggle between two ancient civilisations - the trading empire of Carthage and the military confedoration of Rome. It was a period of astonishing human misfortune, lasting over a period of 118 years and resulting in the radical depletion of Rome's population and resources and the complete annihilation of Carthage.

All this took place more than 2,000 years ago, yet, as Nigel Bagnall's comprehensive history demonstrates, the ancient conflict is remarkable for its contemporary revelance.


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The Punic Wars, which lasted from 264 to 146 B.C., transformed Rome from a small, loosely aligned federation into a Mediterranean superpower. It's a story worth retelling, but because the wars ... Read full review

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in Rome
The Opening Round in Sicily 264261
The Return to Sicily 254241
The Mercenary Revolt 240237
The Gallic Invasion 241220 BC
The Illyrian Expeditions 229227 BC
The Conquest of Spain 237219 BC
The Destruction of Carthage 149146 BC
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Sir Nigel Bagnall was born in India in 1927. He joined the British Army in 1945 and served in Palestine, Malaya, Borneo, the Canal Zone, Cyprys, Singapore and Germany. He ended his distinguished military career as Chief of the General Staff in London and was also an Honorary fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He died in April 2002.

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