The Punic Wars

The Punic Wars were a series of three conflicts involving the Roman Republic and the Empire of Carthage from 264 BCE until 146 BCE. For over a century the Romans and the Carthaginians jostled to control the seas and the lands of the Italian peninsula, Sicily, northern Africa and the southern lands of Spain.

With special thanks to:

Dr Louis Rawlings, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Cardiff University


THE PUNIC WARS TOPIC AREAS

In the city of Rome in 509 BC, citizens came together to expel their King and form a republican government…more

For over 100 years the Roman Republic and the Empire of Carthage battled for power of the seas and lands of the Italian peninsula, Sicily, northern Africa and the southern lands of Spain… more

Tactics

Many battles of the Punic Wars were fought at sea… more

A Roman naval bireme depicted in a relief from the Temple of Fortuna Primigenia in Praeneste (Palastrina),[22] which was built c. 120 BC;[23] exhibited in the Pius-Clementine Museum (Museo Pio-Clementino) in the Vatican Museums.

A Roman naval bireme depicted in a relief from the Temple of Fortuna Primigenia in Praeneste (Palastrina),[22] which was built c. 120 BC;[23] exhibited in the Pius-Clementine Museum (Museo Pio-Clementino) in the Vatican Museums.

Animals

The cavalry is the part of an army which is mounted on horseback… more

 

End of Conflict

In 242 BCE, after a period of stalemate and guerrilla warfare, the Romans mustered a fleet of 200 warships to attack Lilybaeum, Sicily… more

 
 
 

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