Clip and clear, one of the best historical overviews of Carthage is to be found in this booklet, Carthage Antique, des origines jusqu’à l’invasion Vandale (Antique Carthage from its origins to the invasion of the Vandals) (814 BC-439 AD) by Samir Aounallah (ISBN 978-9973-878526).
In a concise but very transparent way, the author walks us through Punic
Carthage, telling us how it
disappeared, followed by the birth of another as created by the Romans
after having destroyed the city about a century before, until it became the
mighty Colonia Concordia Iulia Carthago. Carthage
The First Punic War was fought from 264 to 241 BC mainly in and around
The Second Punic War that raged from 218 until 201 BC is probably best
known for Sicily Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps.
The decisive blow happened during the Third Punic War that lasted only
three years (149-146 BC) and ended with the victory of the Romans. After the
loss of hundreds and maybe thousands of soldiers on both sides, the almighty
Romans thoroughly destroyed the city of . Carthage
Since the city sat on a strategic location, Octavian, the future Emperor Augustus decided in 44 BC that it should be rebuilt. So whatever poor remains were left from the Punic city were now buried underneath the new Roman metropolis, hence the complication for modern archaeologists to redefine the outlines of either city.
This booklet is an excellent attempt to sort out the widespread ruins. It contains plenty of photographs of the ruins as visible today but also many artifacts that have been moved to the
and the on the
spot. Several drawings, maps, reconstructive maquettes, and visualisation
pictures help to create a vivid image of what this grand city once looked like.
Besides, many pages contain inserts in italics quoting texts from antique
writers and other historical authors. Museum
In short, it is an excellent tool for whoever wants to visit the remains of
or for those interested in a solid historical overview. Tunisia