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

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Penguin, Jul 21, 2011 - History - 544 pages
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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An ambitious scholarly work spanning eight centuries, from 150 years before the founding of Carthage by Phoenicians to its obliteration by the Romans in 146 BCE.From its location in modern Tunisia ... Read full review

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This book was very well written and had many sources to draw from which R. Miles dedicated his time inquiring the bias opinions of other nations and relating facts to the reader. Searching for reliable books on Carthage is a difficulty and yet this book has proven excellent in comparison to others in the past. Carthage's history in this book, begins first with the influences of the sister city in the east and then traveling to Northern Tunisia viewing all the politics and religion having a part to play on the society's function. From its economical to military history, the book brings out what occurred in Carthage, its good and bad. In the end of it all, we see that all societies fall as the great General Scipio made witness at the burning of Carthage and the rise of new ones, as Octavius did with Carthage. Once again, a wonderful read full of sources and information, well worth your time.  


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The Phoenicians and the Discovery of
The Rise of Carthage
Greeks and Carthaginians in
Carthage and Agathocles
The Mercenaries Revolt
In the Footsteps of Heracles
The Desolation of Carthage

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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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