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Carthage Must Be Destroyed Audiobook

Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization

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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 listeners to the larger-than-life historical players and the ancient glory of this almost forgotten civilization.

©2011 Richard Miles (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

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    Marcus London, United Kingdom 13/04/2012
    Marcus London, United Kingdom 13/04/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "History by the victors"

    The book covers the whole history of Carthage from it's foundation to it's destruction.  All the major events are covered, but if you want a more comprehensive account of the Punic wars and Hannibal, you will find better books on the market.  I like the accounts of lesser know events such as the battle for Sicily  with the Greeks, and the Mercenary Wars.    The problem for any history of Carthage is that virtually all the sources are Roman or Greek, which are hostile, and getting a deep understand of how the Carthaginian thought and operated are difficult. The author discusses the problem of the bias in source material, which I'm a fan of.

    As a scholar the author looks to emphasis the  role of the divine in motivating ancient peoples, not just the political and economic.  Heracles is constantly referred to as the ideal template for a conquering hero, but some of the subtles of how this related to the actions of the ancients was lost on me at times.

    This history has both depth and is accessible, and I loved the final lines that said that when the Romans needed to be reminded how great they were they thought of the Punic Wars.

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    Mr. D. J. Simcox 22/12/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "poor narrator"

    clearly a very extensive book and informtion, let down by a very poor narrator

    I also feel the title does not match the content of the book so well, many will be drawn to is based upon the roman/carthage wars, but there is also a huge amount of pre history to get through first.

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    Dave stevenage, United Kingdom 10/06/2012
    Dave stevenage, United Kingdom 10/06/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Good solid account"

    I enjoyed listening to this account of one of the lesser-known civilisations on the ancient world. Naturally the Punic Wars are better known, as is Hannibal's trip across the Alps, but this history covers the whole of Carthage's history, which puts those events into their proper context. The book is well written and covers all aspects of Carthage and her world - not just the fights with Rome. Of course evidence is scarce, but the story that emerges is interesting and well told.

    The narrator reads the text well, and if not the greatest reading in the world then it is certainly plenty good enough and I found it easy to listen to. If you have an interest in Carthage or Republican Rome then this book is recommended.

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