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The Carthaginians (Peoples of the Ancient World) 1st Edition
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Having a deep interest in the subject matter, I have read the Polybius and the Livy, Daily Life in Carthage by Charles-Picard, Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles, The Punic Wars by Adrian Goldsworthy, and various books on the major actors of the era. This book I would select above them all for any person who wants to know what can be known about Carthage. Modest in size, Dexter's brilliant outline and economical yet powerful prose give the reader an intense amount of valuable information, and that with style and self-effacing grace.
I have read this work last of all of the books listed above, and the fact that I feel now that I have learned much more than what I knew before may be helpful to those seeking to maximize their time by selecting only a single book. They are all wonderful books. Perhaps The Carthaginians may be a more up to date volume to replace Daily Life in Carthage.
The hardcover edition itself is excellent. Very high quality in every detail. I thank the publishers as well for giving a great book a great edition.
I am no historian, just a fan of them and of history, and if you are as well then this book will be a friend to you and to scholars alike. I enthusiastically give it the highest rating.
For example, there is a belief, based on recent archeology that the Carthaginians built up their circular inner harbor well after the Second Punic War in preparation for renewed hostilities with Rome. Hoyos believes that the inner harbor was actually constructed during the Second Punic War “As noted earlier, archeological work on Carthage's circular port has turned up very few items datable before the mid 2nd century; but rather than showing that she was now rebuilding a navy and so breaking peace terms, this suggests that the port had substantial work done on it then. The likeliest reason for the overhaul would be that merchant shipping had outgrown the capacity of the outer commercial port. The reported claim by Roman envoys to Carthage in 153, that they had seen quantities of wood stored for building a war fleet may misrepresent this project; similarly Masinissa's son Gulussa's allegation to the Roman Senate in 151 that the Carthaginians were evilly scheming a fleet-a claim he had already wrongly made over twenty years earlier. The senate, it is worth noting, treated all these assertions with remarkable sang-froid, probably aware that there were no such plans.”
Hoyos gives a thorough account of Carthaginian religion, gods both native and borrowed.Read more ›
I see now that used print copies are available at reasonable prices. Snag one while you can. This is a great resource to have if you have any interest in Carthage.
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This is not only the best book (in my opinion) available on Carthage, it is my favorite book on my entire bookshelf. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Preslicka