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The Carthage of today is a peaceful residential suburb & a successful holiday resort with wonderful beaches. The hotels & restaurants give few clues to its often troubled & violent 3000 year history. This book tells the story of Carthage, from the arrival of Princess Eiyssa in the land of the nomadic Berbers in the 9th or 8th century BCE, to the rise of Carthag ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 4th 1991 by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster (NYC et al.) (first published 1990)
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Erik Graff
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Punic/Roman history
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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Despite the three credited authors this doesn't read badly. Written for the general public, it's generally accessible and sometimes witty. For me, the best part was that about the period before the third Punic War. I don't know that material well so much of it was illuminating. The coverage of the years after the Roman conquest leading up to the Moslem conquest were, however, disappointing. I do know much of that history and here the authors' coverage struck me as too sketchy. Also, given that t ...more
Carthage is not a bad general introduction to the history of this ancient civilization. It is from the late 20th century, however, and it feels even older than that. It spends more time on Roman and late antique Carthage than on its earlier pre-Punic Wars history, which disappointed me. Additionally the authors seem overly committed to the progress-narrative of sedentary, literate civilizations and are utterly ham-handed (when not blatantly offensive) with regard to race . E.g., Soren and his co ...more
I'm not sure this is the book I read. I was looking for information about Hanno The Navigator, and found very little, along with far too much about the Punic Wars.

If this is the book I read, it contained one very interesting point--the author used archaelological studies at places like the necropolis to argue that if the Carthaginians did sacrifice their children, it was done after the children had died of natural causes. There were simply not more sacrificed children than the expected rate of
I enjoyed reading this book. I have found it somewhat difficult to find books about ancient Carthage that don't focus heavily on the Punic Wars. This book examined Carthage before and after the wars and looked at religion, the child sacrifice issue and the Carthaginians love of the sea and exploration. For anyone who wants some readable non-academic history about Cathage I recommend this book.
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
I read this book because I am a huge fan of Carthage and I would not really recommend it to anyone unless they were researching the topic. There is a chapter on the debate over child sacrifice in Carthage that is an interesting read and a few other new and interesting tidbits can be gleaned from the book but I wouldn't recommend nor is it intended for an average reader.
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