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Author: Hoyos, Dexter
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2010
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415436441
Volumes: 1; Pages: 256
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The importance of Carthage in ancient Mediterranean history is often underrated. The Carthaginians tend to be viewed as alien upstarts, intruding on or even threatening the progress of classical civilisation with exotic, if not toxic, oriental ways.
In reality the Carthaginians were a successful multinational and multicultural society: Phoenicial by origin, increasingly bonded with North Africa, and interacting constantly with Egypt, Greek Sicily and the Hellenistic world. They also had close social and commercial ties with Rome and exploited contact with the world beyond the Meditteranean, ranging from the coasts of central Africa to the British Isles. The Carthaginians therefore exerted a major influence on peoples around the western Mediterranean coastlands, where Punic-style architecture has left striking monuments and the Neo-Punic language was widespread among the educated even after Carthage's own destruction. In the later centuries of the city, Carthage equalled and rivalled the western Greek power Syracuse and the expanding Roman Republic.
With almost no writings by Carthaginians themselves surviving, knowledge of the city and society has long been based on what their Greek and Roman enemies recorded. Archaeology now contributes physical, impartial evidence to heighten the colours of this lost society.
This book traces the course of Carthaginian civilization with up-to-date archaeological examinations and transalated selections from ancient writers such as Herotodus, Aristotle, Livy and Plutarch. It also focuses on their religio and cult practices and the lurid reports about child-sacrifice. It reveals what the ancient world actually owed to a civilisation which has been unfairly disdained throughout history.
Table of Contents
1. The Phoenicians in the West
2. Carthage: Foundation and Growth
3 Politics and Government
4. The Carthaginian 'sea empire?
5. Traders and landowners: Carthaginian society
6. Cityscape, culture and religion
7. Carthaginians, Greeks and Sicily
8. Carthage in Africa
9. Carthage and Rome: peace and war
10. The new empire and Hannibal
11. Revival and death [201-146
12. How others saw Carthage