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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:
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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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