Book Review: Carthage Must Be Destroyed

Edge Induced Cohesion

Carthage Must Be Destroyed:  The Rise And Fall Of An Ancient Civilization, by Richard Miles

Reading this book in many ways is like reading a Greek tragedy.  One knows from the title the end of the play, and if one is familiar at all with ancient history, one knows that Carthage is going to be set up to be a tough rival to Rome but an ultimately unsuccessful one.  And this book delivers exactly what one would expect from a narrative history written by a competent historian of the ancient world.  If this book is not spectacular, it is at least solid and written by someone who has some insight and some degree of interest in wrestling with a subject that will be familiar to those readers who come into this with a great deal of knowledge about the Punic Wars and their outcome already and who are looking for…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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