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The Carthaginians - Dexter Hoyos

The Carthaginians - Dexter Hoyos

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The Carthaginians reveals the complex culture, society and achievements of a famous, yet misunderstood, ancient people. Beginning as Phoenician settlers in North Africa, the Carthaginians then broadened their civilization with influences from neighbouring North African peoples, Egypt, and the Greek world. Their own cultural influence in turn spread across the Western Mediterranean as they imposed dominance over Sardinia, western Sicily, and finally southern Spain.

As a stable republic Carthage earned respectful praise from Greek observers, notably Aristotle, and from many Romans – even Cato, otherwise notorious for insisting that ‘Carthage must be destroyed’. Carthage matched the great city-state of Syracuse in power and ambition, then clashed with Rome for mastery of the Mediterranean West. For a time, led by her greatest general Hannibal, she did become the leading power between the Atlantic and the Adriatic.

It was chiefly after her destruction in 146 BC that Carthage came to be depicted by Greeks and Romans as an alien civilization, harsh, gloomy and bloodstained. Demonising the victim eased the embarrassment of Rome’s aggression; Virgil in his Aeneid was one of the few to offer a more sensitive vision. Exploring both written and archaeological evidence, The Carthaginians reveals a complex, multicultural and innovative people whose achievements left an indelible impact on their Roman conquerors and on history.
The Carthaginians reveals the complex culture, society and achievements of a famous, yet misunderstood, ancient people. Beginning as Phoenician settlers in North Africa, the Carthaginians then broadened their civilization with influences from neighbouring North African peoples, Egypt, and the Greek world. Their own cultural influence in turn spread across the Western Mediterranean as they imposed dominance over Sardinia, western Sicily, and finally southern Spain.

As a stable republic Carthage earned respectful praise from Greek observers, notably Aristotle, and from many Romans – even Cato, otherwise notorious for insisting that ‘Carthage must be destroyed’. Carthage matched the great city-state of Syracuse in power and ambition, then clashed with Rome for mastery of the Mediterranean West. For a time, led by her greatest general Hannibal, she did become the leading power between the Atlantic and the Adriatic.

It was chiefly after her destruction in 146 BC that Carthage came to be depicted by Greeks and Romans as an alien civilization, harsh, gloomy and bloodstained. Demonising the victim eased the embarrassment of Rome’s aggression; Virgil in his Aeneid was one of the few to offer a more sensitive vision. Exploring both written and archaeological evidence, The Carthaginians reveals a complex, multicultural and innovative people whose achievements left an indelible impact on their Roman conquerors and on history.

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THE CARTHAGINIANS
The Carthaginians
reveals the omplex ulture, soiety and ahieve-ments o a amous, yet misunderstood anient people. Beginning asPhoeniian settlers in North Aria, the Carthaginians then road-ened their ivilisation with infuenes rom neighouring NorthArian peoples, Egypt, and the Greek world. Their own ulturalinfuene in turn spread aross the Western Mediterranean as theyimposed dominane over Sardinia, western Siily, and nallysouthern Spain.As a stale repuli Carthage earned respetul praise rom Greekoservers, notaly Aristotle, and rom many Romans – even Cato,otherwise notorious or insisting that ‘Carthage must e destroyed’.Carthage mathed the great ity-state o Syrause in power andamition, then lashed with Rome or mastery o the MediterraneanWest. For a time, led y her greatest general Hannial, she dideome the leading power etween the Atlanti and the Adriati.It was hiefy ater her destrution in 146 bc that Carthage ameto e depited y Greeks and Romans as an alien ivilisation, harsh,gloomy and loodstained. Demonising the vitim eased the emar-rassment o Rome’s aggression; Virgil in his Aeneid was one o theew to oer a more sensitive vision. Exploring oth written andarhaeologial evidene,
The Carthaginians
reveals a omplex,multiultural and innovative people whose ahievements let anindelile impat on their Roman onquerors and on history.
Dexter Hoyos
writes on Latin teahing and anient history. His ooksinlude
Unplanned Wars
(1998),
Hannibal’s Dynasty
(Routledge,2003),
Truceless War
(2007), and
Hannibal: Rome’s Greatest Enemy
 (2008). He has retired ater 36 years at Sydney University to ontinueresearh work on Romans and Carthaginians.
 
PEOPLES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
This series stands as the rst port o call or anyone who wants to knowmore about the historically important peoples o the ancient world and theearly Middle Ages.Reliable, up-to-date and with special attention paid to the peoples’ enduringlegacy and infuence,
Peoples of the Ancient World 
will ensure the continuingprominence o these crucial gures in modern-day study and research.THE ROMANSAn Introduction
Second EditionAntony Kamm
THE GREEKSAn Introduction to their Culture
Second EditionRobin Sowerby
THE PERSIANS
Maria Brosius
THE TROJANS AND THEIR NEIGHBOURS
Trevor Bryce
MYCENAEANS
Rodney Castleden
THE EGYPTIANSAn Introduction
Robert Morkot 
THE BABYLONIANSAn Introduction
Gwendolyn Leick
THE ISRAELITESAn Introduction
Antony Kamm

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