Carthage

Originally founded as a Phoenician colony, the city of Carthage, located in what is today Tunisia, would grow and develop into an empire that was able to rival Rome in the third and second centuries BC, until it was destroyed in 146 BC. The Romans founded a new, Roman city in its stead.

History of Carthage, part 1

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History of Carthage, part 1

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In this first part of a series on the history of Carthage, Joshua Hall and Josho Brouwers talk about Phoenicians and colonization.

The Punic Sacred Band

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The Punic Sacred Band

Clearing up confusion

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The Sacred Band of Carthage is a poorly known, yet perennially interesting, military unit. This article was written to address some problematic pieces of online content.

The Siege of Lilybaeum

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The Siege of Lilybaeum

The strength of a Punic army

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The First Punic War was one of the most significant conflicts in Rome’s rise to power. A lynchpin to Carthaginian control over Sicily was the city of Lilybaeum, which never fell to the Romans.

Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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When the Romans decided to invade Africa in 256 BC to bring an end to their war with Carthage, they supposedly encountered more than just Punic elephants and a cunning Spartan condottiero.

Size of war elephants

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Size of war elephants

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War elephants are among the most impressive assets of ancient armies, but how big were these creatures?

Hercules the drunk

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Hercules the drunk

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A funny statue of Hercules in an exhibition on Carthage depicts him as a drunk relieving himself.