Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles
The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization

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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.


 

About Richard Miles

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RICHARD MILES teaches ancient history at the University of Sydney and is a Fellow-Commoner of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He has written widely on Punic, Roman, and Vandal North Africa and has directed archaeological excavations in Carthage and Rome. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
 
Published July 21, 2011 by Penguin Books. 556 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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An ambitious scholarly work spanning eight centuries, from 150 years before the founding of Carthage by Phoenicians to its obliteration by the Romans in 146 BCE.

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In the spring of 146 B.C.E., the Roman commander Scipio Aemilianus ordered his army's final assault upon the very weakened North African city of Carthage.

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Adrian Goldsworthy reviews Richard Miles's "Carthage Must be Destroyed: The
Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization."

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The Wall Street Journal

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'Carthage must be destroyed'—the title of Richard Miles's book was the constant theme of the Roman statesman Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149 B.C.).

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Washington Independent Review of Books

A good editor might have noticed that Miles is prone to beginning a sentence with a rhetorical “Not only …” and a second clause beginning with “but also ….” Now, I know that some grammarians insist on including the “also,” even if it is redundant (I call it the Also Disease.) But Miles writes “no...

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Denver Post

For ancient Romans, "Carthage Must Be Destroyed" had to be the wave of the future if they were to become the unrivaled masters of the Mediterranean and the lands on its shores.

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London Review of Books

Brimming with war and lust, vast riches and bizarre rituals, violence and tragedy verging on melodrama, his novel about the North African power that rivalled Rome in the third century BC received mixed reviews, but Salammbô herself – a high priestess of strange Punic rites, the femme fatale of Ca...

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California Literary Review

When war broke out between Rome and Carthage over control of Sicily in 264 B.C., the Romans showed a particular aptitude for warfare, including naval campaigns, which initially stunned the Carthaginians.

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SeniorWomen.com

The history of Carthage is long and complex, involving alliances and counter-alliances and abandoned alliances and renewed alliances.

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BBC History Magazine

Carthage has often been represented as a merchant empire, and differentiated from the military empires of Alexander and Rome, and yet we know very little about how the Carthaginians managed and benefited from their trade networks, how their traders were represented in the politics of the city, an...

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