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The Fall of Carthage

The Punic Wars 265-146BC
Written by: Adrian Goldsworthy
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
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The struggle between Rome and Carthage in the Punic Wars was arguably the greatest and most desperate conflict of antiquity. The forces involved and the casualties suffered by both sides were far greater than in any wars fought before the modern era, while the eventual outcome had far-reaching consequences for the history of the Western World, namely the ascendancy of Rome. 

An epic of war and battle, this is also the story of famous generals and leaders: Hannibal, Fabius Maximus, Scipio Africanus, and his grandson Scipio Aemilianus, who would finally bring down the walls of Carthage.

©2000 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2018 Tantor

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It's a basic outline of the 3 Punic wars

it's a basic outline of the Pubic wars without the details or anecdotes I was looking for.

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Perfect Punic War Book

Captivating book that reads like a historical epic. Leaves you wanting more! Highly recommend this if you are interested in early Roman history.

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  • Jean
  • 2019-03-25

Captivating

This is about the Punic Wars (264BC –146BC) between Rome and Carthage. Much has been written about this epic ancient conflict. The result of the Punic Wars led to the ascendancy of Rome.

The book is well written and researched. Goldsworthy does write in an academic style of a historian, but is easily readable for a lay person like me. The author covers the three Punic Wars. (Punicus in Latin for Phoenician as Carthage was part of the old Phoenician Empire.) The book is strong on military history and techniques. Goldsworthy does a good job analyzing the cultural differences between Rome and Carthage. The author also explains about the Roman Army of the period and the Roman political system of the day. Goldsworthy does an excellent job explaining the factors that brought about the wars. I learned more about some key people of the time such as: Hannibal, Fabius Maximus and lastly Scipio Aemilianus. If you would like to know about the Punic Wars this book will provide a good understanding of the Wars. I enjoyed reading about the ancient history.

The book is sixteen hours and twenty-six minutes. The well-known British audiobook narrator Derek Perkins does an excellent job. Perkins has won the Audie Award and many Earphone Awards for audiobook narrations. He also narrates in the following languages: Russian, French and Welsh as well as in English.

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  • Patrick D. Flynn
  • 2019-04-06

Great narrative and good commentary

Really enjoyed this, if you’re patching together the history of Western Civilization this is an excellent recounting of a critical pivot point on the course to Roman dominion in Western Europe and the hellenization of the continent.

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  • Ian K O'Malley
  • 2019-03-31

a wonderful review of the Punic Wars

I enjoyed this thoroughly, it is well researched, well read and a fascinating story of the wars that lead to the eventual Roman Empire.

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  • Derrel
  • 2019-01-09

Great Book!

Excellent author, well written and a very good reader. Adrian Goldsworthy is my favorite historian for this time period and Derek Perkins always does a great job reading audio books. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Alec Drumm
  • 2019-02-04

Many battles but why?

This is a comprehensive review of the Punic wars based on scant source material - mainly Livy's History of Rome and Polybius's account. For those who have read those works there is not much new here. It's nice to have the whole history in one book. However, near the end I was tired of yet another battle followed by massacres and enslavement of the losers, including the civilian population.

Why did the Punic wars happen? Because there are no Carthaginian sources, the history of the Punic wars survives only in the Roman victors' accounts. And the Romans made no secret of their loathing of the Carthaginians, an ethnically and culturally different people with foreign traditions and practices.

It's pretty clear though that the Punic Wars were started by the Romans with their attacks on Tarentum and Sicily and conducted and concluded in a brutal manner. The Punic merchants were not very expansionist and would probably have coexisted peacefully with the Romans.

Dr. Goldsworthy discusses the causes of the wars only very briefly if at all.

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  • 2019-04-11

incredible

A true masterpiece! Goldsworthy is the rare contemporary historian who seeks to present a balanced and accurate view of antiquity through robust research and exemplary scholarship. This comprehensive gem should be mandatory reading for modern purveyors of partisan revisionism, masquerading as historians (i.e. Bettany Hughes et. al).

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  • Damian
  • 2020-01-13

Monumental Scholarship...

Made more excellent by the confessions up front with the questions posited. Goldsworthy is one of those increasingly rare historians who admits a great deal of what he presents depends upon sources that are either suspect or very limited. He resists the temptation to arrive at a conclusion that might fit his own agenda (or worse, some politically correct “truth”) and, instead, just presents the “facts” with appropriate qualifications. Not to say this is a dry report. Far from it. He clearly loves his subject, writes with verve and enthusiasm, and presents the more or less unknown with the accepted facts, rendering a historical packet as a complete whole. Excellent!

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  • Susan Stone
  • 2019-04-13

Entertaining and insightful

Well performed and insightful. Seemed to be more about Rome than Carthage, I would have liked to have seen more details on the great battles.

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  • mike cardamone
  • 2019-12-09

Cato

Cato the elder is one of my favorite people from roman history so I was glad he was covered in this book even though the author doesn’t hold him in as high regards as i do and the narrator was calling him (cat-o) instead of (cay-toe)

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  • F. Reeves
  • 2019-11-26

Best account of Punic Wars I have read.

I was generally familiar with the Punic Wars, but this book contains a wealth of information that was new to me. These concern details of the major and many minor battles, the respective armies and navies of the belligerents, their principal and a number of subordinate commanders, governments, and overall political cultures.

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