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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Miles Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781596598560
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An epic history of a doomed civilization and a lost empire

The devastating struggle to the death between the Carthaginians and the Romans was one of the defining dramas of the ancient world. In an epic series of land and sea battles, both sides came close to victory before the Carthaginians finally succumbed and their capital city, history, and culture were almost utterly erased.

Drawing on a wealth of new archaeological research, Richard Miles vividly brings to life this lost empire—from its origins among the Phoenician settlements of Lebanon to its apotheosis as the greatest seapower in the Mediterranean. And at the heart of the history of Carthage lies the extraordinary figure of Hannibal—the scourge of Rome and one of the greatest military leaders, but a man who also unwittingly led his people to catastrophe.

The first full-scale history of Carthage in decades, Carthage Must Be Destroyed reintroduces modern listeners to the larger-than-life historical players and the ancient glory of this almost forgotten civilization.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miles breathtakingly narrates Carthage’s rise to fame as an ancient cultural and commercial center and its demise before its rebuilding as a Roman city by the emperor Augustus in the first century C.E.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Richard Miles tells this story with tremendous elan, combining the best of modern scholarship with narrative pace and energy. It is a superb achievement, a model for all such endeavors.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Mr. Miles has skilfully fused the works of ancient historians such as Polybius and Livy, a wide range of modern studies and recent archaeological research to create a convincing and enthralling narrative.”

    Economist (London)

  • “A refreshing addition to the debate.”

    Financial Times

  • “A lively and compelling, chronological account of Carthage from its Phoenician foundation to its reception in Emperor Augustus's Rome.”

    Paul Cartledge, author of Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction

  • “A monumental history of this lost civilization, invaluable to scholars.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max Wilson | 2/7/2014

    " History is written by the victors. Just as the people of the book would come to wash away the brilliant tapastry of parable, myth, ritual and identity found throughout the west and north, so too has the great Pheonetian civilization in north Africa: Carthage, are so clensed. But as with all the distruction of our more robust cultural inherentice by the Judeo-Christian singularity, we hardly even know what we've lost. In this book, Miles scours historical and archaeological evidence to scrape together a brief, blurry look at a civilation that could have been as germinal to our modern lives as Rome. Why, when within sight of the walls of Rome, did Hannibal turn away?! And if not for that failure, would there have been a fall in the west (Dark Ages), the battle of the Milne Bridge (Jesus), the rise of Augustus (autocratic concervatism)? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Duncan | 2/4/2014

    " A fair amount of supposition in the work, but that's to be expected when all that exists of the literature on Carthage is filtered through the pens of Its enemies. A good retelling of the Punic Wars, in particular the First, which elsewhere often gets glossed over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Poore | 1/13/2014

    " Took me far too long to read this. It wasn't exactly what I'd expected, as the narrative focus was as much about the relationship between representations of Carthaginian and Roman gods as it was about the city and people themselves. I have to admit it was fascinating to see how historians and politicians of that time enlisted the help of the gods or claimed divine right to rule through them - wars of propaganda alongside the actual conflicts themselves - but for some reason this wasn't the easiest of reads. Was it the overload of different Hannos, Hannibals and Hasdrubals? (The Carthaginians certainly liked those names) Or was it that the tone of the book was just a little too dry for my liking? One worth keeping in any case, as the subject itself remains an interesting one and I'll probably come back to this one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/11/2014

    " Great book! Very informative about the Punic wars. Wish it could have offered more info about the Punic way of life and culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marks54 | 1/6/2014

    " The title refers to a famous quote of Cato the Elder, a Roman statesman, about the threat to Rome from Carthage. The book is a case study of the rise and fall of Carthage. It is very thorough and mostly interesting. There are several nice lines in the book. One of the more interesting is that Carthage was important as an opponent to Rome and the conflictual history with Carthage forced the Roman state to mature in order to survive and thus contributed to the long period of Roman dominance under the Empire. Another line of thinking that I had not appreciated until now was the role of ideology in the wars between Carthage and Rome -- which Gods were triumphant and how did these states adapt the array of gods in an area to serve their needs. Another interesting line is the complex politics within these states. Both Rome and Carthage were far from monolithic actors and understand the politics was critical for success. Indeed, this point is made concerning Hannibal and his ineffectiveness in following up on his military triumphs. The ability of the winners in a conflict to write the official history is also clearly brought across in the narrative. Finally, Miles does a good job covering Hannibal and Scipio and brilliant tactical generals and key battles, such as Cannae, are well covered. On its weaker side, the book seems a bit willing to digress in order to fill in detail - and lengthen the page count. Given the lack of common familiarity with ancient African, Roman, and pre-Roman history, I am sympathetic to the author's efforts to inform and provide background and the book is fairly successful at this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roland Bruno | 12/25/2013

    " The descriptions of battle taken from period sources were eminently fascinating. Highly recommended for someone wanting an in depth history of the Punic Wars and all things Carthaginian. Only for the dedicated audience. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Indraroop | 12/3/2013

    " Dry read - I didn't enjoy it as a casual read, but I would turn to this if I ever had to do a paper or research on the topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Aaron | 10/19/2013

    " Full of interesting information regarding the specifics of Carthaginian history, but with no overarching theme to tie it all together. Good for someone looking for research material, not for casual reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Cumbie | 10/2/2013

    " The Mediterranean from the Carthaginian point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Degelau-Pierce | 8/26/2013

    " Lots of good info, but incredibly dry. I got through about half of it. Might pick it up again at a later date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 8/26/2013

    " Good solid read, not anything groundbreaking but a good coverage of Carthage's histroy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manoli Strecker | 7/5/2013

    " The archaeology sections especially where masterful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/12/2012

    " I would have like this book to be more about the ancient civilization of Carthage and less about the military rise and fall of the city state. The author is a historian and never constructs a compelling narrative outside the chronology of military feats. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roland | 8/22/2011

    " The descriptions of battle taken from period sources were eminently fascinating. Highly recommended for someone wanting an in depth history of the Punic Wars and all things Carthaginian. Only for the dedicated audience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 8/21/2011

    " Rome needed Carthage like the US needed the USSR or whatever general purpose baddie we use now to serve as a mirror and a foil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 8/2/2011

    " I thought this book would be about Carthage, but instead it's a lengthy discussion about the Hercules mythical character in various cultures. "

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About the Author

Richard Miles teaches ancient history at the University of Sydney and is a fellow-commoner of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He has written widely on Punic, Roman, and Vandal North Africa and has directed archaeological excavations in Carthage and Rome. He is the author of Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization and divides his time between Sydney, Australia, and Cambridge, England.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.