Carthage Must Be Destroyed

The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization

Richard Miles - Author

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ISBN 9780143121299 | 544 pages | 26 Jun 2012 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The first full-scale history of Hannibal's Carthage in decades and "a convincing and enthralling narrative." (The Economist )

Drawing on a wealth of new research, archaeologist, historian, and master storyteller Richard Miles resurrects the civilization that ancient Rome struggled so mightily to expunge. This monumental work charts the entirety of Carthage's history, from its origins among the Phoenician settlements of Lebanon to its apotheosis as a Mediterranean empire whose epic land-and-sea clash with Rome made a legend of Hannibal and shaped the course of Western history. Carthage Must Be Destroyed reintroduces readers to the ancient glory of a lost people and their generations-long struggle against an implacable enemy.

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Prologue: The Last Days of Carthage

Introduction: Recovering Carthage

1. Feeding the Beast: The Phoenicians and the Discovery of the West

2. New City: The Rise of Carthage

3. The Realm of Heracles-Melqart: Greeks and Carthaginians in the Central Mediterranean

4. The Economy of War: Carthage and Syracuse

5. In the Shadow of Alexander the Great: Carthage and Agathocles

6. Carthage and Rome

7. The First Punic War

8. The Camp Comes to Carthage: The Mercenaries' Revolt

9. Barcid Spain

10. Don't Look Back

11. In the Footsteps of Heracles

12. The Road to Nowhere

13. The Last Age of Heroes

14. The Desolation of Carthage

15. Punic Faith




"You know a story is great when it grips you even when you know how it turns out ... Miles has written an engaging, richly documented study that merges able storytelling with equally able scholarship. It's quite a tale."
-Philadelphia Inquirer

"Historian Richard Mills, of Cambridge, makes telling use of the latest discoveries yielded by Carthaginian ruins in a splendid, comprehensive effort to present the city-state as a dynamic entity and minimize it as a victimized, second-tier society so often portrayed in the histories of Roman and Western interpreters. Blood-curdling battles receive their pyrrhic due, and Hannibal's trans-Alps adventure and his humbling demise are covered in masterful detail."
-(Newark) Star-Ledger

"Carthage Must Be Destroyed is a fine, sweeping survey of the rise and fall of an empire and a glimpse into the diversity of the ancient world."
-The Wall Street Journal

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