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Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization (Anglais) Broché – 24 février 2011

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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 (The Economist)

Richard Miles's Carthage Must be Destroyed is a refreshing addition to the debate (Philip Parker Financial Times)

This is a lively and compelling, chronological account of Carthage from its Phoenician foundation to its reception in Emperor Augustus's Rome (Paul Cartledge Literary Review)

Richard Miles tells this story with tremendous élan, combining the best of modern scholarship with narrative pace and energy. It is a superb achievement, a model for all such endeavours. He is even better on the little-known background to this tale (Peter Jones Telegraph)

The dramatic story of these events is set out in gripping detail (The Scotsman)

A fine, sweeping survey of the rise and fall of an empire and a glimpse into the diversity of the ancient world ... Richard Miles is ... concerned with the wider context ... and his book is all the more valuable for that (Wall Street Journal)

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Richard Miles's Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilization charts one of the bloodiest dramas of the Ancient World: the devastating struggle to the death between Carthage and Rome. In an epic series of battles, the mighty empires of Carthage and Rome vied for supremacy of the Mediterranean - before the Carthaginians finally buckled and their great capital city was razed to the ground, burning for six days and nights, its inhabitants slaughtered or enslaved. Carthage Must Be Destroyed tells the story of this lost empire - from its origins in Lebanon to its apotheosis as the greatest sea-power of its age - and brings to life legendary figures such as the military genius Hannibal, who led his troops across the Alps and almost toppled Roman power, but would ultimately lead his people to disaster. 'Splendid ... epic and fascinating'
  Tom Holland 'An enthralling narrative'
  Economist 'The Carthaginians finally get their due ... well-paced and compelling ... In bringing the real Carthage to the fore, Carthage Must Be Destroyed makes a substantial contribution to the field'
  Financial Times 'Lively and compelling'
  Literary Review 'Thoughtful and meticulous ... fascinating'
  Guardian 'A superb achievement'
  Sunday Telegraph Richard Miles is Professor of Classics at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. He has written widely on Punic, Roman and Vandal North Africa and has directed archaeological excavations in Carthage and Rome. He is also the author of Ancient Worlds and the presenter and writer of the series Ancient Worlds for BBC2.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Somewhat Dry, But Fascinating Analysis of the Use of Propaganda in the Ancient World 17 juillet 2013
Par Tracy Cramer Austin, Texas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As narrative history goes, this book was somewhat dry. Indeed, I found Anthony Everitt's account of Rome's relationship to Carthage in his "The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire" far more engaging.

That said, Carthage Must be Destroyed (a somewhat misleading title, by the way, since only half the book deals with Rome's relationship to Carthage) is a comprehensive history of Carthage in 374 pages, and Richard Miles is a historian of this period. He therefore brings a great deal of recent scholarship to bear in his reconstruction of this great ancient civilization.

What I found most fascinating was Mr. Miles's analysis of how the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, at different times, all appropriated myth, legend and history to create their own narratives of history to support their own political agendas. Particularly illuminating was the Greek projection of "oriental despotism", (i.e., Persians) onto the Carthaginians, Hannibal's appropriation of the Heracles/Hercules myth and legend, and the role Carthage came to perform in Rome's image of itself.

Well worth reading.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The History of Carthage 13 décembre 2012
Par Andrew - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When looking at world history, Carthage is perhaps best known as the enemy of Rome during the 200s and 100s BCE. In Carthage Must Be Destroyed, the entire history of the Carthage, not just how it relates to Rome, is looked at.

Carthage started out as a trading colony of the Phoenicians. As time moved on, Cartage became more independent and expanded its territory. This would come into conflict with the also expanding Rome. Through three large scale wars, the Punic Wars as they are called, Rome beat Carthage each time. In the First Punic War, Rome took possession of Sicily. In the aftermath, Carthage found itself with serious internal problems. A war was fought against mercenaries Carthage had hired to fight in war against Rome. During this period, Rome annexed Sardinia and Corsica, formerly Carthaginian possessions. The Second Punic War would be the most famous for the actions of Hannibal such as his trek through the Alps. The war would be another loss for Carthage seeing all of its Spanish territories lost to Rome. In the end, Carthage was left with only North African territory. Despite a growing economy, Rome would wipe Carthage off the map in the Third Punic War.

Aside from the relations with Rome, the religious history and mythology of Carthage is also extensively looked at such as how parallels existed between them and the Greeks.

My only problem with the book is that this is one of the drier histories I have read. Despite the massive conflict and war, the prose of the book is not all that exciting, just very factual. Sometimes, the author tends to meander from one subject to another when he would have been better off just separating these into different sections.

All in all, this was a generally enjoyable and informative look at the history of Carthage. I would recommend this to those interested in world history, ancient history, or Roman history.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 History that can be read and understood is a good thing! 29 août 2015
Par E. K. Byham - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Carthage Must Be Destroyed is a nearly perfect book for the history buff. I am no scholar and although I have a fairly recent master’s degree in history I haven’t taken a course in ancient history since my undergraduate days 45 years ago. I rarely read about ancient history but I was curious to learn about Carthage after reading a review of this book. Although I normally read ten to fifteen history books a year, since becoming bogged down in The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 last year I’ve been concentrating on historical novels. Carthage has renewed my confidence that serious historical scholarship can be fun to read. Richard Miles has done a masterful job in writing an eminently readable account in which his sources are summarized, analyzed and sometimes criticized in a most helpful way. This is a scholarly work – the voluminous notes testify to that. His account of Carthage, which naturally is highly dependent on Roman sources, also refreshed my recollection of the rise of Rome. My only criticism is that I did not understand the economic underpinnings of Carthage prior to the end of the second Punic War. Miles describes the economy of Carthage in its final years rather well at the close of the book, but it only underlined the need to explain it more fully at earlier stages. Miles is careful to not use analogies, but I gather, for lack of clear alternatives, that Carthage’s economy was similar to medieval Venice’s. But Venice had things to export as well as being master traders, so perhaps Carthage did as well? Nevertheless, the other elements of Carthage’s growth and destruction are well explained, including the religious and military aspects of its history. It’s a great book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Most Helpful, A Most Needful Book 26 août 2012
Par Hungry-4-the-Word - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author has done us a valuable service in uniting the disciplines of Archaeology and Classical Studies to either validate ancient assertions, such as the Carthaginian practice of "tophet," or human/child sacrifice; or, invalidate long held biases perpetuated by Greek and Latin authors which argue for a polarized mediterranean world in which the Carthaginians represent the dark forces of barbarity and all that is alien to Western Civilization, while the Greeks and Romans represent the vanguard of all that is civil and good, with little cultural cross pollination occurring between them. Miles does a good job, mostly with the assistance of archeology to show that contrary to the above, the ancient mediterranean was a potpourri of the syncretism of Carthaginian, Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Egyptian influences...in art, architecture and religion. The clash between Carthage and Rome was the outcome of the inevitable clash of regional hegemonies whose interests clashed as each sought to extend its influence further, and consequently into the orbit of the "other's" influence. Overall, Miles provides us with a highly readable volume of scholarly value, and which belongs to the growing genre of the interdisciplinary partnership of history, literary criticism and archeology.

One of the standout themes is the syncretism and competition with regard to the legacy of Heracles, not only between rival peoples, such as the Romans and Carthaginians, but even between rival generals of the same party, such as was the case with the dictators Fabius Maximus and Minucius Felix. How the highlights of this god's journey from Spain, through Italy onward to Greece with Geryon's herd are exploited by Greeks, Romans and Carthaginians to stake their territorial claims in Spain, Sicily, Sardinia and North Africa is a recurring theme, and does much to forward and validate the author's worldview/thesis of syncretism. So interesting is this Hereclean theme alone, that it merits an entire work on its own right (perhaps Richard Miles will take on this "Hereclean" task?).

Lastly, after the extensive background that Miles provides to the conflict itself, once the book reaches the Second Punic War, the reader is treated to what reads like a great story/narrative, while never loosing its scholarly tenor. The chapter, "Desolation of Carthage," in which the fateful meeting between the Roman consul and Carthaginian emissaries takes place several miles away from Carthage, during which the emissaries are told that they must agree to the destruction/oblivion of their city and their way of life as seafaring merchants, and to their relocation inland as simple agrarians left me empathizing with those Carthaginians, and at the same time, loathing Rome, whose calculus behind the destruction of the city was the manifestation of nothing more than greed and lust for empire (as the Carthaginians comprised no real threat then). It also reinforced my own skeptical approach to any postmodern view towards the subject of today's arena of international affairs, which would have us think that we have entered an age of unlimited cooperation and potential goodwill among the nations and defining elements of the power structure of the world. The same brutal end that the Carthaginians met awaits any of us who dismiss what lust for power and empire is still capable of doing.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 First-rate scholarship slightly marred by a theological fixation 4 février 2014
Par E.J. Kaye - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
First and foremost -- this is an excellent study of Carthage, its antecedents and main characters. The writing is crisp, informative and well-worth reading particularly the passages on Hannibal. I believe teh architectural/art aspects were well-displayed, and in some conflict with other reviewers, thought the Heracles-Melquart narratives helpful. I was also interested in the tophet information and how it was related to other contemporary cultures. The author does put an interesting light on not only who the Carthaginians were, but also how they were perceived by their foes. This aspect is not revisionist, just a different perspective I found fascinating.

So why say 'marred'? This is mostly a quibble, but as others have observed, the obsession with the Heracles myth and also with a few select historians went from informative to the academic equivalent of a rat hole. Being interested in how the myth fed the reality is one thing; to relentlessly beat it to death in service to the thesis was ultimately a detractor. I found myself skimming these sections after a while; I 'get it' that the myths played much more of a role than later historians depict but to use the fact as a blunt instrument ends up being something of a disservice to the reader.

That said, this book is a good one which I recommend.
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