Truceless War

Truceless War : Carthage's Fight for Survival, 241 to 237 BC

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The revolt of Carthage's mercenaries and oppressed Libyan subjects in 241-237 BC nearly ended her power and even existence. This 'truceless' war, unrivalled for its savagery, was fought over most of Punic North Africa and spread to Sardinia. It brought to power in Carthage Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal, whose generalship-though flawed-was critical to Carthage's final victory. The main narrative, by the Greek historian Polybius a century later, is vividly evocative (inspiring Flaubert's novel Salammbo) yet repeatedly unclear on military and geographical details, the extent and structure of the rebel coalition, and chronology. Truceless War analyses Polybius and other sources to present a coherent and absorbing study of the war's causes and events, and of Polybius' historiographical methods.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 15.24mm | 657.71g
  • Brill
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 9004160760
  • 9789004160767
  • 1,455,900

About Dexter Hoyos

Dexter Hoyos has written extensively on Roman and Carthaginian history in the third Century BC, including the history of Hannibal's family and most recently, with John Yardley, a translation and commentary on Livy's books 21-30, Hannibal's War (Oxford World's Classics).

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Table of contents

Prologue 1. Gisco 2. The Army of Sicily 3. Politics, Policies and Politicians at Carthage 4. The Army of Sicily at Carthage 5. Sicca 6. The Talks at Tunes 7. Mutiny 8. Libya Revolts 9. Hanno in Charge 10. Hamilcar's First Victory 11. Hamilcar Trapped 12. 'The Libyans' 13. Enter Naravas 14. Sardinia Rebels 15. The Killing of Gisco 16. Disasters and Defections 17. The Siege Of Carthage 18. The Saw 19. The Crosses at Tunes 20. Hamilcar and Hanno 21. Mathos' End 22. Victory and Humiliation 23. A Balance-Sheet 24. Polybius and Other Sources Chronology of the War Bibliography Index

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