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

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

  • Title: Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization
  • Author: Richard Miles
  • ISBN: 9780670022663
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 utterAn 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 readers to the larger than life historical players and the ancient glory of this almost forgotten civilization.

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    1. A very interesting view of a civilization which has, until just recently, been sparsely represented in non-Roman historical accounts.This book takes a long look, starting with the history of the early Phoenicians and ending with the beginnings of Rome's empire, well after the final Punic war. Carthage's economic values, its religion (with a surprising incidence of human sacrifice, which is not wholly Roman propaganda), and the fragile structure of its society. There is also a natural focus on Ha [...]

    2. Until the publication of this excellent book, the preeminent text about Carthage was the 1995 volume Carthage: A History by the French historian Serge Lancel. This, an outstanding contribution to the patchy knowledge we have of Carthage, has just been eclipsed. One might think that part of the reason for this is that Carthage Must Be Destroyed did not need to be translated (inevitably, there were some places where Lancel's text became unwieldy). It's far from that: this is a better written, easi [...]

    3. Finished reading Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard MilesWhenever I read a history of a fallen empire, I am always sad at the end. Read a history of the fall of the Roman Empire last year, and I kept rooting for the Romans to pull it together. They didn’t. I felt very sad reading about the fall of Carthage. So unnecessary.But I did learn a lot:Carthage was a colony of Tyre, a Phoenician island city off the coast of Lebanon.The Phoenicians were tremendous mariners and to a certain extent see [...]

    4. bookcents/2010/07I highly recommend Miles’ book for his reconstruction of Carthage’s history while trying to minimize the Romans' filter. For one example of this filter, even our terminology for the civilization and culture, Punic, comes with its own baggage since Romans used the term in a pejorative and disparaging context. Miles spends time on the background and history of Phoenicia, showing how the expansion to Carthage and other areas in the west were motivated by survival rather than gr [...]

    5. There's usually a strict segmentation between an archaeologist writing about artifact digs, and a revisionist historian reviewing antique histories written by the winners. The few writers who have tried to synthesize such styles (Peter Wells' 'Barbarians to Angels,' for example) often succeed only in part because they favor one method over another. Miles gets the balance right, by being appropriately skeptical of the historical sources on Carthage, while still recognizing the value of preserving [...]

    6. Reading this book hammered in that old chestnut over and over again: "History is always written by the victors". Although in defense of Richard Miles, he does a fair job of trying his best to overcome it. Miles is British archeologist and historian from Cambridge, but now plies his trade at the University of Sydney.Carthage Must Be Destroyed follows a fairly linear structure from the founding of the city by Tyrians from the Levant (legend has it was founded in 814 BCE), to it's eventual destruct [...]

    7. The author is a great scholar and very knowledgeable about his subject. The book jacket indicates that he has even led archaeological digs in North Africa. Perhaps that is part of the problem. What I mean is that maybe those with a great love for archaeology should not write books like this one. The title promises grand, sweeping scope, and the author gives us none of it. He has an obvious love for the minute details. He employs his considerable talents in mining though religious inscriptions, d [...]

    8. With meticulous attention to detail, author Richard Miles has produced a fascinating account of the history of the Carthaginian people, their rise to power and prominence throughout the Mediterranean, and their eventual downfall at the hands of neighboring Rome. The Roman political machine insisted that Carthage be pillaged and destroyed. To that end, Roman legions systematically destroyed the cities, farms, and homes. They went so far as to salt the land. Yet the story of the Carthaginians reso [...]

    9. After Hannibal's devastating victory over the Romans at Cannae, the Roman Senator Cato the Elder took to ending every speech with the demand that "Carthage must be destroyed!" Carthage was one of the great civilizations of the ancient world, yet is known today primarily for its defeat and obliteration in the Punic Wars with Rome. This book provides a wealth of information about the founding of Carthage, its early history, and, of course, its end in the Punic wars. On the flip side, the author do [...]

    10. In my high school Latin class, we read some of the Catalinian speeches, in which a Roman Senator excoriated Carthage--ending many of his speeches with the phrase "Carthage must be destroyed." This book examines the conflicts between Rome and Carthage over the years. One thing that surprised me was the relative dearth of concrete information about Carthage. The author does a nice job of creating a credible account of Carthaginian history and life. The use of literature (such as the story of Hercu [...]

    11. Great history of a rarely discussed civilization in ancient history. Only real drawback is the tediuous comparision between the Greco-Roman gods and the Punic-Carthaginian gods and their interplay throughout ancient history. I found it hard to follow at times and tended to skim to the more concrete history of the battles for Sicily and the Punic Wars. I definitely reccomend this book to anyone who is interested in Carthaginian history and the commonly held perceptions of the 'dreaded' Carthagini [...]

    12. A good summation of what is known about QartHadasht/Carthage well-written, well-researched. It does tend to concentrate on the surface politico-military history, particularly during the climactic conflicts with Rome. I'd like to know more about what was going on in the City while Hannibal was waging war in Italy, for example, and more about the governmental evolution of the city's government. All in all it is good-to-excellent.

    13. An good overview of Carthage and the Phoenician culture which gave rise to it. The writing is serviceable and the history is limited by the paucity of Punic sources. Thus, the book reads like a history of Roman responses to Carthagian actions. Nonetheless, this is likely the most we can hope for. The early chapters on Phoenicia are especially valuable.

    14. A well-read 14-hour audiobook, profound enough to engage the old coconut but well-expressed and clear enough that you can listen to it while driving to work.It was especially interesting to listen to this book after reading a biography of Hannibal, the only Carthaginian today who is remembered by anyone other than scholars, because after Hannibal, things did not go at all well. If Carthage was the “Star Wars” series, the life of Hannibal would be “A New Hope”, after which “The Empire S [...]

    15. The exchange of luxury goods was at the heart of Bronze Age diplomacy between c3,300 BCE and c1,200 BCE. In order to engage in high level diplomacy, the powers of the Near East required access to the relevant materials and, while some were obtained locally, many could only come from a distance. The merchants making this possible acquired the status of representatives for their various rulers and the rulers of the coastal cities of Canaan (modern day Lebanon), known to the Greeks as the Phoenicia [...]

    16. I hate reading about the losers of history i.e. those who left not an identifiable mark for my sky-blue eyes for a once-twice-thrice through but rather suckled ever so sweetly to ankles of a champion. People are fascinated by losers, countless books are about how great those boy-loving 300 Spartans were because they all died like assholes. How about Hannibal? Oh he's won a few battles! But he's really just the plucky underdog going against the maaaaaaaaaan, that man was named Roman Republic and [...]

    17. History is written by the victors. Just as the people of the book would come to wash away the brilliant tapastry of parable, myth, ritual and identity found throughout the west and north, so too has the great Pheonetian civilization in north Africa: Carthage, are so clensed. But as with all the distruction of our more robust cultural inherentice by the Judeo-Christian singularity, we hardly even know what we've lost. In this book, Miles scours historical and archaeological evidence to scrape tog [...]

    18. This book claims to uncover what Carthage was. There are lots of facts, lots of supposition, but Carthage as a city and a culture never comes into focus. You learn more about Rome, than her rival. Even the Carthaginian leaders are poorly developed. If you want to know more about Carthage, I would suggest Adrian Goldsworthy's The Punic Wars. I got through this book, but only because I am an inveterate history nut. Save yourself the pain and skip it.

    19. Great read! Richard Miles does more than just take the reader through the the military history of the Punic wars. Using his and others' multi-layer archeological findings, writings of ancient historians (e.g. Plutarch), poets (e.g. Virgil), and historic leaders (e.g. Cato) he shows what life was like in the ancient world. He shows how religion, culture, family life and real world politics interacted between the Greeks and Romans and how, at the end the Carthaginians were able to influence wester [...]

    20. DNF at about 30% in the audiobook. Lots of info, but it's an endless barrage of chronological history and facts and recounting of myths and legends in audio format. Eventually it became white noise and I stopped caring. What it needed was a narrative framework beyond "Hey, maybe Rome fudged some stuff about this particular enemy."

    21. The Second Punic War, between the Roman Republic and Carthage, had everything. From a human historical viewpoint, that is quite a claim. Elaborate political scuffles to initiate the conflict; the humbling of the ‘known world’s’ greatest power, with its crushing defeats, notably at Cannae and at Lake Trasimene; the odd Roman tradition of granting the two consuls in the field alternate days of authority; the battle of wills between Publius Cornelius Scipio and Hannibal Barca, two of history [...]

    22. Carthage, once the ruling naval power of the Mediterranean, only to be reduced to dust and ashes after three long protracted conflicts with the Romans. Richard Mills does an excellent job of outlining and writing about the history of Carthage starting from the beginning going all the way even past the end of the cities existence.The Carthaginians were originally Phoenicians, who originated from the city of Tyre. Assyrian domination and wars in that area forced the Queen Dido to leave Tyre and lo [...]

    23. I was really excited about reading this book, because I thought I could get an inside glimpse of a civilization completely different from everything I know. Today, all cultures are strongly influenced by Western civilization; I was looking forward to getting immersed in a culture that was not. Unfortunately, this book doesn't provide that.It isn't really the book's fault, since it probably is an impossible task. For some reason, we do not have a single surviving work of Carthaginian, or even Pho [...]

    24. There should be a special place in booklover's heaven for Richard Miles and other academics who write history, science or criticism that is based on wide and deep learning and is also accessible to the general reader (if such a being exists anymore) while not simplifying his subject too much. Miles is an archeologist who seems to know the ancient documents concerning Carthage very well. There are no primary sources, only discussions of the Punic states by Roman authors, often based on anti-Carth [...]

    25. Miles sets out with a worthy aim - to re-establish understanding of just how important Carthage was and to portray it in its own right, rather than constantly juxtaposed next to Rome. For the most part, he achieves this wonderfully. The author presents not only a lucid and well-balanced history that is often overlooked, he does this with significant emphasis on physical as well as ideological circunstance. I found the way he traces the development of the Heracles/Melqart divine association acros [...]

    26. This book represents an amazing amount of research and effort. Miles set himself the task of delineating Carthage as it must have been to its inhabitants, uncolored by the prejudices and animosities of its enemies. Now, THERE is a task for giants. Almost all of the written history which survives from ancient times is written by Greeks or Romans. They truly despised Carthage the city, and the mercantile culture that dominated there. Greek and Roman accounts of Phoenicians reveal bitter antagonism [...]

    27. There are plenty of books about the Roman empire, but far fewer about their enemies. And the arch-enemy of Rome, was, of course, Carthage. This book is an excellent overview of the history of Carthage, from its founding by Tyrian exiles, to its final destruction by Scipio, and its unexpected rebirth as a Roman city. The book offers an integrated history : trade relations, wars and treaties, military strategy, artistic influences, archeological evidence - it is all skillfully woven together. Noth [...]

    28. Carthage played a central role in the burgeoning Roman Empire; its destruction signaled the arrival of the pre-eminent superpower in the Mediterranean, while Rome also benefitted greatly by inheriting its political structure in the colonies of the western Mediterranean. Author wants to reclaim the world of Carthage from the various meanings that have been overlaid its destruction, and from its misrepresentation in the millennia since due to scattered historical accounts, mostly by its enemies. T [...]

    29. Not quite was I was hoping for. This book is mostly about Carthage's external commercial and military activities, with a strong focus on the First and Second Punic Wars. This is because the major sources for Carthage's history are later Greek and Roman writers who generally only cared about Carthage insofar as it interacted with Greek city-states and Rome. I would've liked more information about Carthage's internal political structure, culture, religion, art, etc. To be fair, there aren't many s [...]

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