The Carthaginians
6th-2nd Century BC


Authors: Raffaele D’Amato Andrea Salimbeti
Giuseppe Rava

This 64 page paperback book is book number 201 in the Elite series of books available from Osprey Publishing.

Carthage, the port-city in Tunisia first settled by Phoenicians from Tyre, grew to extend a competitive maritime trading empire all over the Western Mediterranean and beyond. Because of this expansion, Carthage was defended by the best navy of the period.

In the 6th century BC this came into confrontation with Greek colonists in Sicily, starting major wars that lasted through the 5th and 4th centuries, and involved much interaction with different Greek forces.

During the 3rd century Carthage first clashed with Roman armies, and in the course of three wars that raged over Spain, Sicily and Italy the Romans suffered the greatest defeats in their early history at the hands of Hamilcar, Hannibal and Hasdrubal Barca, leading multinational armies of North Africans and Europeans.

The Contents of this book are;

  • Introduction
  • Historical Reputation
  • Chronology
  • Organization
  • Tactics
  • Arms and equipment
  • Clothing & Physical Appearance
  • The Navy
  • Selected Campaigns and Battles
  • Select bibliography
  • Index

This book is an excellent short look into the Carthaginian way of life. It delves into the Clothing, Weapons, Tactics, and Navy that ruled the ancient world. The color plates and photographs are spread throughout the book with excellent descriptions. This book is extremely useful for the wargamer or figure painter as a reference book on uniforms and the Carthaginian way of life. The historian will also find this book as an excellent primer to the background and history of this important culture.

This book is available from Osprey Publications.

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