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Carthage's Other Wars (Hardback)

Carthaginian Warfare Outside the 'Punic Wars' Against Rome

Ancient History Rome Military

By Dexter Hoyos
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 235
Illustrations: 16
ISBN: 9781781593578
Published: 18th September 2019


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Carthage was the western Mediterranean’s first superpower, long before Rome, and her military history was powerful, eventful, and chequered even before her ‘Punic Wars’ against Rome. Although characterized in the surviving sources and modern studies as a predominantly mercantile state, Carthage fought many wars, both aggressive and defensive, before and in between the contests with the Roman parvenus. The Greek states of Sicily, above all Syracuse under its tyrants Dionysius the Great and then Agathocles, were her most resolute opponents, but in North Africa itself, in Sardinia, and later on in Spain she won—and sometimes lost—major wars. This is the first full-length study dedicated to these other wars which furthered Carthage’s interests for over half a millennium. The book is based firmly and analytically on the ancient sources, and among many insights is that Carthage, though usually considered a naval power, did more fighting on land than at sea and with more success.

Books on Carthaginian campaigns outside the Punic Wars are rare. So, this new book, Carthage’s Other Wars, by Dexter Hoyos (Pen and Sword), is very welcome.

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Balkan Wargamer

Featured 'ON THE BOOK SHELF' with Neil Smith

Wargames Illustrated, December 2019

It's well written with a populist touch, yet grounded in the available facts.

The Armourer, January 2020

Historians have neglected the story of Carthage and its position as a Mediterranean Super Power, concentrating attention on the ‘Punic Wars’. Although the story of the ‘Punic Wars’ was important to the Romans, notably because they eventually won when Carthage failed to support its outstanding general Hannibal, it is just one small part of the rise and dominance of Carthage. – Most Highly Recommended.

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A good introduction to the other wars that Carthage had encountered. How they handled those and the people and events surrounding it. Great for those who have an interest in Carthage or this time period.

NetGalley, Alexandra Roth

Featured 'ON THE SHELF' by Neil Smith

Wargames Illustrated, September 2019

About Dexter Hoyos

Dexter Hoyos has recently retired as Associate Professor of Classics at Sydney University. His previous works include Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy (Phoenix Press/U. of Exeter Press, 2008); Truceless War: Carthage's Fight for Survival, 241-237 BC and Hannibal's Dynasty (Routledge, 2003).

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