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The Carthaginians 6th–2nd Century BC (Elite) Paperback – April 22, 2014
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About the Author
Dr RAFFAELE D'AMATO is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He currently works as vice-head of the Laboratory of the Danubian Provinces at the University of Ferrara, under Professor Livio Zerbini.
Born in 1962, Andrea Salimbeti has had a life-long interest in ancient military history, in particular the Bronze Age in Greece and the Middle East. He served as a paratrooper in the Italian Army in Beirut and attended the Space Academy and flight training in USA. He now works for the space programme, and is also author of various articles on aerospace technology and flight equipment. His hobbies include modelling military figurines. The author lives in Frossasco, Italy.
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In the hundreds of books published by Osprey there were too few about Carthage, and the most recent one in the warrior series, although very interesting and with gorgeous plates, was almost entirely dedicated to the mercenary in the ancient world (not specifically the ones hired by Carthage). The authors of this work didn't fell into that trap; they managed to bring as much information on the Punic soldier and the evolution of their equipment and tactics as it can possibly be ascertained from the sources. Naturally they also mention the mercenaries and their equipment; it would be a severe mistake not to do it because they were an extremely important part of the Carthaginian army.
It includes a resume of the Carthaginian Military history, a competent chronology, a small discussion regarding Carthaginian cruelty, the organization of the army, including allies and mercenaries, tactics, troop types (including the old chariots, elephants, cavalry and artillery, etc.), Arms and equipment, dress and physical appearance, the Carthaginian Navy and some selected battles and campaigns (the conquest of Sardinia 545-509 BC; the battle of Himera 480 BC; the Mercenary revolt).
Terracotta statuettes, weapons and armour, the monument at Chemtou and votive steles from the Tophet of Carthage are shown with details which helped in the remarkable colour plates by Rava which include: Early Carthaginians 6th cent. BC (representing a Carthaginian war-chariot, its crew and Iolei warriors); First Battle of Himera 480 BC (with Hamilcar Magonid, a Sardinian Phoenician marine and a Carthaginian Hoplite equipped in the Greek way); High Ranking Officials c. 400 BC (A shophet, a Priest and a General performing a ceremony); The Mercenary Revolt 238 BC (excellent action scene representing a war elephant, a Gaetulian cavalryman, an Iberian Cavalryman and a Balearic slinger); Life in the City, mid 4th Cent. BC (including 2 well equipped Carthaginian citizen soldiers and a Greek mercenary watching women dancing and playing music); Battle of Lake Trasimeno 217 BC (this fabulous painting represents the last moments of the Roman Consul Caius Flaminius Nepos; also represented in this piece is a Roman triarius, a Garamantian light infantryman and an Insubrian Chieftain); Battle of Mylae 260 bc (a naval engagement, in this plate a Roman boarding party uses the corvus to attack Carthaginian marines); Hannibal Barca before Zama 202 BC (magnificent representation of Hannibal, his shield bearer, a Puno-Lybian Doryphoros, an Adyrmachid warrior and a Carthaginian citizen cavalry standard bearer).
added greatly to my understanding of Carthaginian warfare and military history, though I had substantial knowledge of the subject.
I was surprised how much I didn't know and also how it uses archaeological finds to support or refute claims made by early history or recently produced histories in regards to the culture of the ancient Carthaginians I thoroughly found enlightening.
It was very interesting.
This is worthwhile reading for anyone who has an interest in ancient Carthage, the Roman Republic or interest in the ancient history of the Western Mediteranean.