The Wars Between Carthage And Rome

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The history of the Ancient empires, there were various wars and rivalries that existed between Carthage and Rome (Morey, 1901). These two nations were well-known for war, power and strength situated at the western Mediterranean and Italian Peninsula. The former is led by Carthage while the other is the great force of Rome. In this write-up, there will be a trace how Carthage became almost the equal of Rome showing the strength of both and how this conflict led to Rome becoming a naval power.
Rome was raised as super power when it had defeated the Latins, Etruscans and Samnites and acquired a great deal of strength from them and then Roman wanted to venture outside of Italian peninsula and extend its empire. From the quest of gaining power
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The city was settled by Phoenicians from Tyre. It was located on the northern part of Africa. It was a popular stop for traders to re-supply and repair their ships and became a powerful city in the Mediterranean. Carthage consisted of a lot of wealthy people who had fled Tyre and were able to buy their freedom from Alexander the Great. Within a hundred years it became the richest city in the Mediterranean and had built enormous estates. The native Africans were driven out or turned into slaves. This was all before Rome had risen to be a great power. The city became a great trade centre and it’s harbour was immense, with 220 docks. The Carthaginian trading ships sailed daily around the Mediterranean Sea and at the time its navy was supreme in the region. The navy also provided protection to these trading …show more content…
One of the things the Roman soldiers were good at was hand to hand combat and they knew that if they fought against the Carthaginian soldiers they would be able to defeat them. So they decided to build drawbridges which could be used to board enemy ships and this played a decisive role in their victory against Carthage at sea (BC 260). They were able to turn a sea battle into a land battle. This victory came about when the navy was led to war by Duilius of Mylae, the Carthaginians either fled or their ships were sunk (Outlines of Roman

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