The Carthaginians 6th–2nd Century BC

The Carthaginians 6th–2nd Century BC

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  • Author: Andrea Salimbeti, Raffaele D’Amato
  • Illustrator: Giuseppe Rava
  • Short code: ELI 201
  • Publication Date: 20 Apr 2014
  • Number of Pages: 64
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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, increasingly 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.

Biographical Note

Born in 1962, Andrea Salimbeti has had a life-long interest in ancient military history, in particular the Bronze Age in Greece and the Middle East. He served as a paratrooper in the Italian Army in Beirut and attended the Space Academy and flight training in USA. He now works for the space programme, and is also author of various articles on aerospace technology and flight equipment. His hobbies include modelling military figurines. Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He currently works as vice-head of the Laboratory of the Danubian Provinces at the University of Ferrara, under Professor Livio Zerbini.

Contents

Introduction: historical background
Chronology
Historical development of Carthaginian armies
Organization: the Sacred Band; mercenaries; chariots; elephants; citizen militia; marine troops
Arms and equipment
Clothing
Ships
Select bibliography
Glossary of terms
Plate commentaries
Index

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