The Punic Wars

The Punic Wars

Adrian Goldsworthy / Oct 21, 2019

The Punic Wars An impressive new historian of Roman warfare highly praised by John Keegan has written a thoroughly engrossing account of the greatest conflict of antiquity It will grab the attention of military buff

  • Title: The Punic Wars
  • Author: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • ISBN: 9780304352845
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An impressive new historian of Roman warfare highly praised by John Keegan has written a thoroughly engrossing account of the greatest conflict of antiquity It will grab the attention of military buffs and general readers alike The struggle for supremacy between Rome and Carthage encompassed the First 264 241 B.C and Second 149 146 B.C Punic Wars both sides suffAn impressive new historian of Roman warfare highly praised by John Keegan has written a thoroughly engrossing account of the greatest conflict of antiquity It will grab the attention of military buffs and general readers alike The struggle for supremacy between Rome and Carthage encompassed the First 264 241 B.C and Second 149 146 B.C Punic Wars both sides suffered casualties exceeding that of any war fought before the modern era Its outcome had far reaching consequences for the Western world, too, as it led to the ascendancy of Rome In grand narrative style, follow the fighting on land and sea the terrible pitched battles and such generals as Hannibal, Fabius Maximus, and Scipio Aemilianus, who finally drove Carthage into the ground A Main Selection of the History Book Club.

    Punic Wars Punic Wars The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage from BC to BC At the time, they were some of the largest wars that had ever taken place The term Punic comes from the Latin word Punicus or Poenicus , meaning Carthaginian, with reference to the Carthaginians Phoenician ancestry. Punic Wars HISTORY Aug , Punic Wars Background and First Punic War B.C Tradition holds that Phoenician settlers from Second Punic War B.C Over the next decades, Rome took over control of both Corsica Third Punic War B.C The Third Punic War, by far the most controversial of Punic Wars Summary, Causes, Battles, Maps Britannica Punic Wars First Punic War bce The proximate cause of the first outbreak was a crisis in the city The interval between the First and Second Punic Wars Second Punic War bce It seemed as though the superiority of the Romans at sea would enable Third Punic War Punic Wars Ancient History Encyclopedia Punic Wars First Punic War As long as Rome remained the little city of trade by the Tiber River, Second Punic War To the south of the border lay the city of Saguntum, a Roman ally, and, in BCE, Third Punic War Carthage Destroyed Carthage continued paying the war debt to Rome for The Punic Wars Between Rome and Carthage ThoughtCo First Punic War Initially, Rome and Carthage were well matched Rome had recently come to dominate the Italic peninsula, while Carthage controlled parts of Spain and northern Africa, Sardinia, and Corsica Sicily was the original area of contention At the end of the THE PUNIC WARS World history The three wars between Rome and Carthage span than a century BC They are known as the Punic Wars because the Carthaginians are in origin Phoenician punicus in Latin The first war flares up in Sicily, an island disputed between Greek colonies at its eastern end and Carthaginian settlements in the west. Punic Wars New World Encyclopedia Punic Wars The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage between and B.C.E They are known as the Punic Wars because the Latin term for Carthaginian was Punici older Poenici, from their Phoenician ancestry. Punic Wars Rome Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia in Punic Wars The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage between and BC , and were probably the largest wars yet of the ancient world They are known as the Punic Wars because the Latin term for Carthaginian was Punici older Poenici, from their Phoenician ancestry. A Companion to the Punic Wars Blackwell Companion to the Punic Wars is a great text for anyone interested in the Punic Wars, or writing any academic literature on the subject This text was the bulk of my research for an undergraduate thesis and has an extensive bibliography allowing for further research on the subject. Punic War definition of Punic War by The Free Dictionary Punic War one of the three wars between Carthage and Rome that resulted in the destruction of Carthage and its annexation by Rome BC, BC, BC.

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        Adrian Goldsworthy was born in 1969 in Cardiff He was educated in Penarth and then read Ancient and Modern History at St John s College, Oxford, where he subsequently completed his doctorate in ancient history His D.Phil Thesis was the basis for his first book, The Roman Army At War 100 BC AD 200, which looked at how the Roman army actually operated on campaign and in battle For several years he taught in a number of universities, and began to write for a wider audience A succession of books followed dealing with aspects of ancient military history, including Roman Warfare, The Punic Wars which was later re issued as the Fall of Carthage , Cannae, In the Name of Rome and the Complete Roman Army More recently he has looked at wider themes, combining the military focus with discussion of politics and society in a biography of Caesar, and a study of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, titled How Rome Fell although released in the UK as The Fall of the West His latest book is a paired biography of Antony and Cleopatra.He is now a full time writer, and no longer teaches, although he is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle However, he frequently gives one off lectures and talks both to universities and other groups in the UK, USA, Canada, and Europe In the last couple of years audiences have included local history societies, graduates and undergraduates in a range of countries, the cadets of VMI, and the distinguished cast of a new production of Shakespeare s Antony and Cleopatra He frequently appears as a talking head or presenter in TV documentaries and has acted as consultant on both documentaries and dramas He will appear in six of the eight episodes of the forthcoming When Rome ruled series for National Geographic He often appears on radio.


    1. The Fall of Carthage is a very readable account of the three Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage. The Second War takes up most of the narrative, as it was the most dramatic and bloody episode, but the other episodes are also given their due according to their relevance. Sources are limited of course, and all from the Roman or sometimes Greek perspective, but overall this is a very accessible book on the conflict for supremacy in the ancient Western Mediterranean. The Punic Wars and Ancient Hist [...]

    2. Carthage Must be Destroyed those most famous words were spoken by Marcus Porcius Cato in the 2nd Century BC. In this new book on the Punic Wars by Adrian Goldsworthy we are taken back into this most fascinating period of history. We follow in the steps of Hannibal, Hasdrubal, Hamilcar, Scipio Africanus and many more famous and infamous commanders and leaders as the Roman Legions and the soldiers and sailors of Carthage clash in this gigantic struggle of the Ancient World.Each of the three wars a [...]

    3. Reading The Punic Wars, I was reminded of Rick Atkinson’s An Army at Dawn, which I had read just prior to this book. Both are largely straightforward and well written accounts of epochal wars and both have to do with campaigns in North Africa and Italy (if one were to stretch the comparison to include Atkinson’s Day of Battle, his account of the Allied invasion of Italy). The only reservation I have against the current book (at least the edition I read) is not one of content but of editing [...]

    4. A fascinating collection of historical facts and post bronze age war tactics, The Punic Wars were actually three huge wars between the ancient city of Carthage, and the great Roman Empire fought over 100 years.Both powers were in a period of rapid expansion, resulting in increasing conflicts between Carthage, the superpower of its day, and Rome, which was becoming a melting pot of power and culture. Carthage relied on a naval power, of which it ruled over the sea, but failed to put an equal focu [...]

    5. The study of history is dead. That may seem an odd assertion, given that I am reviewing a very good work of history, Adrian Goldsworthy’s "The Punic Wars." But books like this are read by a tiny audience—hard to say how big, but I would be shocked if more than ten thousand people had read this book, and it is by a known author. As far as I can tell, nearly nobody in public life, whether in politics, the media, popular entertainment, big business, or even most of the academic world, knows any [...]

    6. I had the urge to learn more about Carthage and its enmity with rome and, as a couple of people had recommended Adrian Goldsworthy to me, thought this would be a good place to start. I have to say that I was disappointed.Goldsworthy says in the preface that he is a military historian, and it is largely this focus that failed for me; the author focuses on the battles themselves and, within them, on the minutiae of tactics and technologies that made the opposing sides feel like miniatures on a gam [...]

    7. I find military history tough going. This one wasn't bad and managed to keep me going to the end. I think someone who did like military history would like it more. Goldsworthy gave enough information about the cultures (as much as he could anyway with the lack of knowledge) and their attitudes towards war to give me a little bit more than just strategy and troop deployment.

    8. In 272 BCE the Roman Republic had conquered all of Italy south of the Po River and was undisputed ruler from the Straits of Messina to the hills of Tuscany. The consolidation took about 250 years and was actually the result of many wars fought and won by the Romans against other city-states. Eight years after the end of these wars the consul Appius Claudius Caudex led an army across the straits to Sicily—this marked the beginning of the Punic Wars. These three wars against Carthage spanned ove [...]

    9. A clean, thorough political and military history of the Punic Wars. Goldsworthy emphasizes the theme of how Rome’s and Carthage’s philosophies of war clashed, rather than just their empires. Goldsworthy ably describes the origins, course and aftermath of all three wars without getting bogged down in detail. The maps are useful and placed in the exact spots of the narrative where you need them (a rarity). Goldsworthy suggests that Carthage fell because its power was too heavily built around m [...]

    10. A brilliant book. The initial part of the book, especially the first Punic war may not have had the pulse racing but once Hannibal comes into the picture, the story moves at a thrilling pace. It is the story of the Super Power of the day, Rome against its Mediterranean rival Carthage. The battle is of relatively unequal before the arrival of Hannibal, but the genius of the Punic General turns the table on the Romans in the Second Punic War. How Rome responds to this humiliation, and is able find [...]

    11. -No está entre lo mejor del autor, pero desde la perspectiva de las formas.- Género. Historia. Lo que nos cuenta. Aproximación eminentemente militar al enfrentamiento entre la Antigua Roma y Cartago por ser la potencia dominante en el área mediterránea y estructurado de forma cronológica siguiendo el orden de las tres guerras púnicas.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethros

    12. I didn't know much about the 3 Punic Wars, those fought between Rome and Carthage between 264 and 146 BC. My knowledge of them wasn't much more sophisticated than what I'd learned in school: that Hannibal crossed the Alps from Spain with elephants to invade Italy, that he defeated a Roman force in a horrific battle at Cannae by using a classical double envelopment which has become something of a tactical ideal generals throughout history have tried to match, that Rome plowed under the defeated c [...]

    13. The great Carthaginian general, Hannibal, was an unsurpassed genius. That, above all, is made clear in this narrative history of the three Punic Wars. Hannibal laid trap after trap for the overly-aggressive Roman legionary commanders during the Second Punic Wars--and the Romans repeatedly fell for it. The Battle of Cannae, Rome's worst military defeat and one of the most pored-over battles in history (Napoleon, two thousand years later, had a great great many thoughts) comes to life in this book [...]

    14. This is the first book I've read by Goldsworthy, a highly-regarded scholar of Roman history. I enjoyed his descriptions of the battles, his analysis of theories he attempts to disprove and his brevity. Goldsworthy, unlike many Roman scholars, keeps it short and sweet, solidly analysing the Punic Wars in less than 400 pages, while putting the conflict in context and additionally providing a narrative. I suppose the reason I limit this review to four-stars is that I found it a bit too dense at poi [...]

    15. This is a deftly-written and highly readable account of all three Punic Wars, not just the famous 2nd Punic War featuring Hannibal, but the 1st (a tug of war between Rome & Carthage over Sicily), and the 3rd (the one that clobbered Carthage entirely) The author succeeds admirably in making the text entertaining yet even-handed. He gives the reader an excellent sense of the succession of events, how the first war led to the second and so on, and how the politics of Rome & Carthage made co [...]

    16. This book was very insightful on the Punic Wars, the early beginnings of Roman Society and the fall of Carthage.Warfare is affected as much by culture as any other human pursuit. The Romans mixed a military career and that of a politician. Men were elected into politics by their achievements, or that of their families. The Romans believed that characteristics and ability were family genes - if a man's father was successful on the battlefield there was ever reason to believe the son would be succ [...]

    17. I bought this two years ago, at the age of 14, and couldn't quite get through it. I burnt through it in a week now though, and was highly impressed by it. The Fall of Carthage provides diagrams, explanations, and is overall a very entertaining and highly readable of all the Punic Wars. While necessarily summarising rather than peering at each battle in great depth, it is still a great book and easy to follow. The longest part of the book is dedicated to going through the Second War, followed by [...]

    18. Carthago is a bit of a misleading title since it is a book about the Punic Wars. This disappointed me somewhat since I hoped to read a bit more about Carthage outside the Punic Wars. But I guess the sources give only what they give and the author picks his themes. For all else, Goldsworthy is a good writer and very detailed about army equipment, movement and tries to see through official, mostly Roman propaganda.

    19. Brilliant review of one of the most important wars of Antiquity.Goldsworthy's main idea is that the Romans won these conflicts because their attitude to warfare,simply put was to conquer or die.Carthage,on the other hand,tended to view such conflicts more leniently,believing their outcome to be temporary.Against an enemy determined to fight to the bitter end,it led to their defeat and eventual destruction.Essential reading for anyone interested in how Rome created its Empire.

    20. Interessant verslag over de drie Punische oorlogen. Aangenaam verteld zoals ook zijn andere boeken. Goed onderbouwde stelling voor het verschil in attitude tov oorlog van de Romeinen en die van de Carthagers. En verder ben ik van mening dat verslagen van historische veldslagen beter geïllustreerd zouden moeten worden.

    21. Well-written and easy-to-read scholarly presentation of these conflicts. The book covers the background and political and military organization of the states as well. It addresses the likely veracity and biases of the available sources, discusses background ideas to the described action in many cases, and finishes with a nice discussion of the consequences on the Roman Republic of these wars. This is a book I would not mind owning.

    22. Excellent description of the three wars. It is very good at explaining the settings in which the wars took place and how warfare was conducted in that period.The first punic war took place mainly on Sicily and consisted mainly of small skirmishes and conquering cities. Rome attempted an attack at Carthage that ultimately failed. Rome build several fleets during the war and won major battles at sea, though suffering badly to storms. Carthage conceeded defeat and was forced to retreat from Sicily. [...]

    23. Rarely do I rate a book with a '5' but I found this 360+ page history of the three Punic Wars lucid, cogent, fact-filled, non-judgemental, well-documented, superbly written and engaging (even, engrossing) as many history books aspire to, but few seemingly reach. Many readers of history -- and a number of writers of history, as well -- hope to find a reason for the present, and perhaps a way to the future, in the annals of the past. It is an understandable longing, and even an entertaining one, b [...]

    24. This was a very interesting and sweeping history of the Roman Republic's more-or-less 119 year struggle against Carthage for supremacy in the Mediterranean. While actual fighting between these two states only consumed 43 years of this period, the rivalry was never far from the mind. The Romans and Carthaginians fought three distinct wars (264-241 BC, 218-201, and 149-146). The first was a territorial and chiefly naval conflict over Sicily, the second a turbulent struggle for wider domination, an [...]

    25. I appreciate the historiographic approach to this material. A fine intro text to this conflict for readers who are comfortable with military terminology, but looking for more than a military history.

    26. The Punic Wars were a key moment in the development of the Roman Empire, the moment at which the fate of the Mediterranean and by extension Western Civilization were set for centuries to come. But Goldsworthy's history of this century long conflict suggests that the outcome was predetermined by the different military cultures of the two sides: the Carthaginians saw wars as a means to a negotiated settlement, whilst the Romans could envisage no outcome between total victory and destruction. Had i [...]

    27. Ah, When the world was a stage of epic and endless war! This book is an arm chair general's book, over flowing with the foundations of western military strategy still used today,( yet dwindling because of drone warfare, etc.) thanks to the world's most brilliant, daring, and fluid general, Hannibal Barcawho clearly was able to connect and motivate a diverse and rambunctious army who spoke numerous languages into the most spectacular fighting force- that including Elephants! What makes this book [...]

    28. Goldsworthy's meticulously detailed study of the Punic Wars was a worthwhile read. The details were often tedious, particularly when the author debated over rival theories over those details. For me it is the hight of boredom to have to consider whether there were 8,000 or 12,000 infantry in a particular formation during some battle. I'm sure it mattered enormously to the men who participated in the battle, and to their loved ones at the time. Nor was I pleased with considerations of whether the [...]

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