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The Carthaginians 6th-2nd Century BC

The Carthaginians 6th-2nd Century BC

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By (author) Andrea Salimbeti, By (author) Raffaele D'Amato, Illustrated by Giuseppe Rava

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 242mm x 6mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 22 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1782007768
  • ISBN 13: 9781782007760
  • Illustrations note: 40 MONO; 40 COL
  • Sales rank: 115,523

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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.

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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. 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.

Table of 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