Rome Spreads Her Wings: Territorial Expansion Between the Punic Wars
In Salammbo, which takes place after the first Punic war
at the time of the mercenaries' revolts in 240 BC, the title character Salammbo is a Carthaginian priestess.
a first century Roman scholar, writes in Natural History of Marcus Sergius, a Roman general who led his legion against Carthage (presently Tunis) in the Second Punic War
Overall, there are better sources on specific issues, events, battles, and campaigns of the Second Punic War
The best part of Miles' book is his description of the rise and military campaigns of Hannibal Barca during the Second Punic War
and the great commander's later fall from favor into exile and death.
Among the topics are the term dike in Sophocles, whether menstrual blood was an unspeakable impurity in ancient Rome, Mytilene's embassy to Tarraco as an example of diplomacy in the Greek poleis of Asia Minor, Lucan's Punic War
in the Disticha Catonis, an echo from Nonius Marcellus in Aldhelm's Enigmata, and the liber exulis in John Gower's 1381 Visio Anglie (Vox clamantis 1.
The First Punic War
was marked by the Roman use of sea power that gave them the ability to land a concentrated force of legions with 120 ships to gain a hold on Sicily.
The name, Archimede, refers to the rows of huge parabolic mirrors used to capture the sun s rays, recalling the burning mirrors that Archimedes is said to have used to set fire to the Roman ships besieging Syracuse during the Punic War
of 212 BC.
Victory over Carthage in the First Punic War
(264-241 BC) had demanded that the Romans, who had no previous naval experience, develop their own fleet and defeat the pre-eminent sea power of the ancient world in a period of a little over three decades.
One of the best-known early examples of a prosthetic arm is that of Roman general Marcus Sergius, who lost his right hand during the second Punic War
The term Late Punic is defined within this volume as denoting "those inscriptions post-dating the Roman conquest and destruction of Carthage at the end of the Third Punic War
in 146 B.
Even the third Punic War
, in which Carthage was burned to the ground and emptied of citizens who were taken en masse into Roman slavery, lasted around 1,100 days (and troops needed a little longer to get into position back in 149 B.
Scipio Nasica--son-in-law of Scipio Africanus, conqueror of Hannibal in the Second Punic War
(218-202 BC)--would always reply: 'Carthage should be allowed to exist'.
start" of the Third Punic War
is doubled by the fold in a
by Publius Cornelius Scipia during the Second Punic War
, Tarragona was once the most important city outside of Rome.