Ancient History & Civilisation

The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146 BC

The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146 BC

“Adrian Goldsworthy is one of the best young historians writing today.” —John Keegan

The Fall of Carthage was the greatest conflict of the ancient world, and thanks to one of the finest historians of our time, this sweeping saga comes to life anew for modern audiences. The cast of endlessly fascinating characters includes the generals Hannibal and Scipio, as well as treacherous chieftains, beautiful princesses, scheming politicians, and tough professional warriors.

Preface

Introduction

PART ONE - THE FIRST PUNIC WAR 264-241 BC

Chapter 1 - The Opposing Sides

Carthage

The Carthaginian Military System

Rome

The Roman Army

Warfare in the Third Century BC

Chapter 2 - The Outbreak of War

The Outbreak of War

Chapter 3 - The Land War

Sicily, 262-258 BC

Africa 256-255 BC

Sicily 258-241 BC

Chapter 4 - The War at Sea

Naval Warfare in the Third Century BC

The Early Rounds

Sieges and Storms

The End: The Battle of the Aegates Islands

Chapter 5 - The End

The Mercenary War

The Barcids in Spain

Rome 241-218 BC

PART TWO - THE SECOND PUNIC WAR 218-201 BC

Chapter 6 - Causes of the Second Punic War

Preparations and Plans

The March to Italy

Chapter 7 - Invasion

The Battle of Ticinus, November 218 BC

The Battle of Trebia, late December 218 BC

The Battle of Lake Trasimene, c. 21 June 217 BC

The 'Delayer'

Chapter 8 - Cannae and the Crisis for Rome

Cannae, August 216 BC

Hannibal's Dilemma and the Aftermath of Cannae

Chapter 9 - The War in Italy 216-203 BC

The Fall of Tarentum

Rome Resurgent

The Battle of Metaurus, 22 June 207 BC

Evacuation

Chapter 10 - Spain, Macedonia and Sicily

Spain 218-211 BC

The First Macedonian War 215-205 BC

Sicily 215-210 BC

Chapter 11 - The Rise of Scipio, 210-205 BC

Spain 211-205 BC

New Carthage, 209 BC

The Battle of Baecula, 208 BC

The Battle of Ilipa, 206 BC

Chapter 12 - Africa

Invasion, 204-203 BC

The Battle of the Great Plains, 203 BC

Peace Negotiations and the Return of Hannibal, Autumn 203 - Spring 202 BC

The Battle of Zama, 202 BC

The End

Chapter 13 - Rome, the Beginnings of Empire

The Reckoning

World Empire, 201-150 BC

Roman Politics, 201-150 BC

Carthaginian Revival, 201-150 BC

PART THREE - THE THIRD PUNIC WAR 149-146 BC

Chapter 14 - 'Delenda Carthago’

Masinissa's Kingdom, 201-150 BC

The Roman Response

Chapter 15 - The Third Punic War

Scipio Returns, 147-146 BC

Chapter 16 - The Legacy

The Punic Wars in Perspective

Notes to the Text

Chronology

The Republican Political System