Carthage's Other Wars

Carthaginian Warfare Outside the 'Punic Wars' Against Rome

Dexter Hoyos

Carthage was the western Mediterranean's first superpower, long before Rome, and her military history was powerful, eventful, and chequered even before her ‘Punic Wars' against Rome.
Date Published :
October 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 black and white illustrations and 10 black and white maps
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781593578
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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Carthage was the western Mediterranean’s first superpower, long before Rome, and her military history was powerful, eventful, and chequered even before her ‘Punic Wars’ against Rome. Although characterized in the surviving sources and modern studies as a predominantly mercantile state, Carthage fought many wars, both aggressive and defensive, before and in between the contests with the Roman parvenus. The Greek states of Sicily, above all Syracuse under its tyrants Dionysius the Great and then Agathocles, were her most resolute opponents, but in North Africa itself, in Sardinia, and later on in Spain she won—and sometimes lost—major wars. This is the first full-length study dedicated to these other wars which furthered Carthage’s interests for over half a millennium. The book is based firmly and analytically on the ancient sources, and among many insights is that Carthage, though usually considered a naval power, did more fighting on land than at sea and with more success.

About The Author

Dexter Hoyos has recently retired as Associate Professor of Classics at Sydney University. His previous works include Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy (Phoenix Press/U. of Exeter Press, 2008); Truceless War: Carthage's Fight for Survival, 241-237 BC and Hannibal's Dynasty (Routledge, 2003).


"[A] treasure trove of information... This is a book that anyone who has any interest in the time period should possess."

- A Wargamers Needful Things

"Carthage’s Other Wars is a very good read for those with an interest in Classical Antiquity, and a reminder that the Romans were hardly the only imperialist warmongers of the ancient world."

- StrategyPage

“Hoyos demonstrates his usual flair for discussion of maneuver and clash of arms, the elucidation of which is excellent, engaging, and thoroughly informative. […] This book will be valuable to anyone wishing to bolster their knowledge of the ancient world and its warfare, from beginners and undergraduates to seasoned experts who wish to add to their knowledge of Rome’s erstwhile main threat. It is therefore a worthy addition to any library devoted to ancient military history.”

- Journal of Military History

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