The Punic Wars: Rome, Carthage, and the Struggle for the Mediterranean
Macmillan, 2005 - 347 pages
The Punic Wars triggered an era of astonishing human misfortune. Resulting from a mighty power struggle between the military confederation of Rome and the trading empire of Carthage between 264--241 B.C., 218--201 B.C., and 149--146 b.c., the wars were fought over a period of 118 years. Massive man-made devastation on both sides left RB.C.ome’s population radically depleted and Carthage razed and erased from the map.
Sir Nigel Bagnall brings his military experience and a modern professional eye to bear in analyzing the Punic Wars here. He marshals classic military strategists such as Livy, Polybius, and Diodorus to plot the wars’ campaigns in Spain, Africa, Sicily, and the Peloponnese, and follows Hannibal’s daring but unsuccessful strike into the heart of Italy.
But Bagnall goes beyond military strategy to discuss the force, structures, and politics of Rome and Carthage at their heights. And he contrasts their conduct of battle at strategic, operational, and tactical levels to show how they were governed by the same military principles used by nations today. His thought-provoking final chapter relates these wars’ lessons to modern times in an impressive argument for adapting the experience of the past to the needs of the future. While the history of the Punic Wars dates back over 2000 years, Bagnall’s comprehensive account demonstrates that this ancient conflict is remarkable both for its scope and its contemporary relevance.
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A long college term paper that reflects the author a bit too much. Read full review
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The Punic Wars, which lasted from 264 to 146 B.C., transformed Rome from a small, loosely aligned federation into a Mediterranean superpower. It's a story worth retelling, but because the wars ... Read full review
PART TWO THE FIRST PUNIC WAR 264241 BC IV The Opening Round in Sicily 264261 BC
The Maritime Dimension 261256 BC
The African Campaign 256255 BC
The Return to Sicily 254241 BC
PART THREE STRIFE BETWEEN WARS 241218
The Mercenary Revolt 240237 BC III
х The Gallic Invasion 241220 BC
The Illyrian Expeditions 229227 BC
The Conquest of Spain 237219 BC
From the Ebro to the Alps 218 BC
Sardinia Sicily and Illyria 215205 BC
Victory in Africa 205201 BC