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Date of Publication: 1961
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Daily Life in Carthage at the Time of Hannibal Textbook Binding – May, 1961

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  • Textbook Binding
  • Publisher: MacMillan Pub Co (May 1961)
  • ISBN-10: 0025239708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025239708
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Warren J. Dunklin on January 21, 2003
Format: Textbook Binding
Although over forty years old, history students and teachers alike will find the descriptions, logic, and objectivity engaging. Nine chapters cover Carthaginian history and culture thoroughly. A very informal outline follows:
I. History of Carthage (brief overview)
II. The City of Carthage (strategic position, structures and architecture)
III. Society: the ruling classes (Priests, nobles, aristocracy)
IV. People, Industry, and the Social Problem
V. Everyday Life (Dress, Jewelry, food, family life, customs)
VI. Traders and Commerce (Explanation and history of economic competition between Carthage and the restof the Mediterranean world)
VII. Diplomacy, Army, and Navy
VIII. Great Expeditions (Exploration)
IX. Conclusion
Documentation is thorough and the footnotes worth reading. At 263 pages, the book is well worth the price.
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Format: Textbook Binding
I came to this book as a fan of Punic history, and it exceeded all my expectations. This is a dense, brilliant scholarly work that does an excellent job pulling together what information we do have about Carthage from the various ancient and modern sources and disciplines. I learned more about Carthage from this work than from all my prior reading on the Punic Wars (which one would hope, since that is the aim, but one still feels fortunate). The authors and the translator do a fantastic job of presenting the information in clear, understandable prose that is very approachable. And, one thing I wasn't expecting, I was impressed and thankful for the authors' evaluation of the big picture of "Who" and "What" Carthage was in the broadest possible view, and why its story played out as it did. Cogent and level-headed, this book has done nearly all the legwork for you if you'd like to understand Carthage and its place in history.


-English translation and original prose; very easy to read
-Scholarship; the bibliography and the ease with which the authors move amongst related facts culled from different disciplines of research is truly impressive
-Objectivity; some editorializing does occur, but it is easy to recognize and distinguish from facts; the editorializing adds valuable perspective

Could be Better

-Would have appreciated color photos, maps, diagrams, timelines. You'll still want and need other sources to supplement the material provided. The art and illustrations included are welcome, but meager.
-Needs a new revision and edition! The research regarding evidence that suggests strongly that Carthaginians did NOT in fact routinely mass-sacrifice children was not known at the time of this edition, but is very important to include as a counterpoint to the popular belief.

My thanks to the authors, translators and publishers! Loved the book and the world is lucky you have made it!
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