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The Punic Wars 264–146 BC (Essential Histories #16)

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The three Punic Wars lasted over 100 years, between 264 BC and 146 BC. They represented a struggle for supremacy in the Mediterranean between the bludgeoning land power of Rome, bent on imperial conquest, and the great maritime power of Carthage with its colonies and trading posts spread around the Mediterranean. This book reveals how the dramas and tragedies of the Punic ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 25th 2002 by Osprey Publishing
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Michael K.
Nov 06, 2014 Michael K. rated it it was ok
The century of wars between Rome (then in its “adolescent” phase) and the great Phoenician mercantile empire based at Carthage is not a major area of study among today’s history students, but as an undergrad Classical History major (an academic strategic error I later corrected), I spent an entire semester sorting out what all happened, and why, and what the immediate and long-term results were. I sure wish I’d had this book. The author had a long and varied career in the British army, ending up ...more
So Hakim
Jan 24, 2015 So Hakim rated it it was amazing
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Extremely concise history about the three Punic Wars. A bit of military history along with political ones. Particularly lavishly illustrated.

Still boggles my mind how the author could have simplified it so much while it feels so complete. Sure, it's only 90+ pages. But I end up learning about Carthage's politicking, Roman naval battle revolution (that one with spike), of battles here and there, of people like Hamilcar, Hannibal, Scipio -- all that in text interspersed with big colored pictures.

Oct 26, 2012 Nick rated it it was amazing
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An excellent, succinct summary of the three Punic wars and the context in which they took place; accompanied by a reasonably sized reading list for anyone who wants to learn more. Good for anyone who wants a big picture viewed how the strategic and operational objectives and situations led to the defeat of Carthage and the extinction of their entire race.
Feb 25, 2008 Colin rated it really liked it
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