Carthage Must Be Destroyed
The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization
An epic history of a doomed civilization and a lost empire.
The devastating struggle to the death between the Carthaginians and the Romans was one of the defining dramas of the ancient world. In an epic series of land and sea battles, both sides came close to victory before the Carthaginians finally succumbed and their capital city, history, and culture were almost utterly erased.
Drawing on a wealth of new archaeological research, Richard Miles vividly brings to life this lost empire-from its origins among the Phoenician settlements of Lebanon to its apotheosis as the greatest seapower in the Mediterranean. And at the heart of the history of Carthage lies the extraordinary figure of Hannibal-the scourge of Rome and one of the greatest military leaders, but a man who also unwittingly led his people to catastrophe.
The first full-scale history of Carthage in decades, Carthage Must Be Destroyed reintroduces modern readers to the larger-than-life historical players and the ancient glory of this almost forgotten civilization.
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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
Index"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."
"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."
"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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