Carthage : A Biography book cover
1st Edition

A Biography

ISBN 9780367635435
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
190 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Carthage tells the life story of the city, both as one of the Mediterranean’s great seafaring powers before 146 BC, and after its refounding in the first century BC. It provides a comprehensive history of the city and its unique culture, and offers students an insight into Rome’s greatest enemy.

Hoyos explores the history of Carthage from its foundation, traditionally claimed to have been by political exiles from Phoenicia in 813 BC, through to its final desertion in AD 698 at the hands of fresh eastern arrivals, the Arabs. In these 1500 years, Carthage had two distinct lives, separated by a hundred-year silence. In the first and most famous life, the city traded and warred on equal terms with Greeks and then with Rome, which ultimately led to Rome utterly destroying the city after the Third Punic War. A second Carthage, Roman in form, was founded by Julius Caesar in 44 BC and flourished, both as a centre for Christianity and as capital of the Vandal kingdom, until the seventh-century expansion of the Umayyad Caliphate.

Carthage is a comprehensive study of this fascinating city across 15 centuries that provides a fascinating insight into Punic history and culture for students and scholars of Carthaginian, Roman, and Late Antique history. Written in an accessible style, this volume is also suitable for the general reader.

Table of Contents

1. Dido’s city  2. Trade and the beginnings of empire  3. City life and religion  4. Society and government  5. Politics, politicians, and Carthage in Libya  6. Carthage versus the Greeks  7. Fighting Rome  8. The death of Punic Carthage  9. Colonia Iulia Concordia Carthago  10. Christianity and Carthage  11. Carthage Vandalised  12. Byzantine Carthage

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Dexter Hoyos is former Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney, Australia.