Great Battles in History

Cannae, Part 2-Carthage and Rome

October 04, 2020 Darryl Dee Season 1 Episode 2
Great Battles in History
Cannae, Part 2-Carthage and Rome
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Great Battles in History
Cannae, Part 2-Carthage and Rome
Oct 04, 2020 Season 1 Episode 2
Darryl Dee

By the third century BCE, the Western Mediterranean was dominated by two great republics, Carthage and Rome. From its matchless position on the coast of present-day Tunisia, Carthage dominated commerce in the Western Mediterranean basin. Its navy ruled the waves from the straits of Sicily to the Pillars of Hercules. It also ruled a considerable land empire that included much of North Africa, Sicily, and Sardinia. Rome was a fast-rising star—dynamic, vigorous, and aggressively expansionist. It had just recently imposed its dominion over most of Italy. Traditionally, Carthage and Rome have been portrayed as diametric opposites. In reality, they had much in common.

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By the third century BCE, the Western Mediterranean was dominated by two great republics, Carthage and Rome. From its matchless position on the coast of present-day Tunisia, Carthage dominated commerce in the Western Mediterranean basin. Its navy ruled the waves from the straits of Sicily to the Pillars of Hercules. It also ruled a considerable land empire that included much of North Africa, Sicily, and Sardinia. Rome was a fast-rising star—dynamic, vigorous, and aggressively expansionist. It had just recently imposed its dominion over most of Italy. Traditionally, Carthage and Rome have been portrayed as diametric opposites. In reality, they had much in common.