To say the Punic Wars 264 146 BC were a turning point in world history is a vast understatement These vicious battles pitted two flourishing Mediterranean powers against one another, leaving one an unrivaled giant and the other a literal pile of ash To later observers, a collision between these civilizations seemed inevitable and yet, to the Romans and Carthaginians at the time, war erupted seemingly out of nowhere and was expected to be a short and trivial skirmish Mastering the West offers a superlative narrative of all three wars as they are generally divided, while treating a full range of themes the antagonists military, naval, economic, and demographic resources and strategic opportunities the political structures of both republics questions of leadership and the contributions of leaders like Hannibal, Fabius the Delayer, Scipio Africanus, Masinissa, and Scipio Aemilianus and the postwar impact of the conflicts on the participants and victims Dexter Hoyos, a leading expert of the period, treats the two great powers evenly, without forgetting the important roles played by Syracuse, Macedon, and especially Numidia Written with verve in a clear, accessible style, with a range of illustrations and newly commissioned maps, Mastering the West is sure to restructure our understanding of this critical period in ancient history....
|Title||:||Mastering the West: Rome and Carthage at War (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press Reprint edition May 1, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||360 pages|
|File Size||:||661 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Mastering the West: Rome and Carthage at War (Ancient Warfare and Civilization) Reviews
This was an awesome review of an era of history that was completely new to me. I majored in Latin and read Livy in the original, but this history of the Punic Wars was all novel to me. Turns out Livy was a bit of a mess when it came to getting his facts straight, anyway.
Another great book on military history between Rome and Carthage. Also recommend books: the author Adrian Goldsworthy(Punic wars) and Brian Todd Carey (Hannibal's last battle)
The short book deals with the wars fought between Carthage and Rome, leading to Rome becoming the dominant power. The book arrived in the condition and date promised, thank you.
This book is currently the most recent and therefore the most up to date reference on the so-called Punic Wars. It is well supported by a good set of maps and sketches for the main battles. It also includes a useful glossary of key terms and a no less useful timeline at the end of the book. Finally, there is also a relatively short (ten pages) but good appendix that is a review and discussion of the main written sources and their limitations. All in all, the book provides a comprehensive overview and rather neat package for anyone looking for an overview of the Punic Wars which were, as its title emphasises so well, all about “Mastering the West”.
The book makes a complex subject much clearer for the average reader; and finally, Hannibal is put into perspective.
interesting reading of the Punic Wars, rich in detail