The three Punic Wars lasted over 100 years, between 264 BC and 146 BC.
They represented a struggle for supremacy in the Mediterranean between the bludgeoning land power of Rome, bent on imperial conquest, and the great maritime power of Carthage with its colonies and trading posts spread around the Mediterranean.
This book reveals how the dramas and tragedies of the Punic Wars exemplify many political and military lessons which are as relevant today as when Hannibal and Scipio Africanus fought to determine the course of history in the Mediterranean.
Background to war : Two great Mediterranean powers
Warring sides: Carthaginian and Roman forces on land and sea
Outbreak: Collapse of the Third Treaty of Friendship
The fighting: The three Punic Wars
Portrait of a soldier: Hannibal Barcid and Scipio Africanus
The world around war: The political, social and economic impact
Portrait of a civilian
A Roman senator
Conclusion and consequences
Expansionism and the disposition for war
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