- Series: Cassell Military Paperbacks
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Cassell (April 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0304366420
- ISBN-13: 978-0304366422
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146BC (Cassell Military Paperbacks) Paperback – April 1, 2007
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After starting reading this, I stopped reading it at one point because it was confusing. Carthage only had five or six names available and they reused them over and over again. I think someone may have been named Rebecca or something at some point, but she was soon denounced as a freak, and laughed out of town.
Some of the most famous Carthaginians in history were the following: Hannibal and Hannibal and Hannibal and Hamilcar and Hamilcar and Bomilcar and Hamilcar and Hamilco and Hamilcar and Bomilcar and Hamilco and Hannibal.
I know it sounds simple, you just call everyone by the same name and you want get confused about who you are talking about. In practice, as logical as it sounds, it just doesn’t work out very well.
However, once you get past the First Punic War, which is not well-documented, you become bogged down with documentation, which slows history to a crawl and renders excessive name reuse no longer an issue; mostly. There are exceptions. I do remember reading that Hamilcar supplanted the other Hamilcar sometime around the Third Punic war. What struck me about this was that neither Hamilcar, nor Hamilcar, was Hamilcar (and I speak of Hamilcar Barca, that is, who was “the” Hamilcar, Hannibal Barca’s father(and Mago’s father and Hasdrubal’s father)). Note: When I say Hasdrubal, I mean Hasdrubal Barca, not Hasdrubal, Hasdrubal, or Hasdrubal, all of whom I consider to be lesser Hasdrubals.
The story of Carthage is beyond fascinating. It is a bit dry leading up to the Second Punic War, but after that, there is not a dull moment. Prior to that we had little credible history, so there is too much guess work.
The campaigns of Hannibal are Caesar-esque in many ways and the tenacity of a defeated Rome that simply refuses to breathe its last is astonishing.
The end of the Third Punic War, one of the greatest tricks in history, is also fascinating. If you don’t want the story spoiled, stop reading here, but Rome tricked Carthage into turning over the bulk of its arms and the bulk of its allies and the bulk of its territory and then informed them that now that they were helpless they had to abandon Carthage so Rome could level it. Carthage thought they were complying with treaty stipulations by a victorious enemy. They did not realize that their actions were cementing their own destruction. Carthage never had to surrender out all. They just did because they were not united in commitment to continue the fight.
After the Roman trick and the sacking of Carthage, this is the rest of the Carthage’s story: