Turn on the Discovery Channel or the History Channel and chances are you’ll see programs about the wonderful accomplishments of the ancient Greeks and Romans. But what about that other great, contemporaneous, central Mediterraneanpower: the nearly forgotten city-state of Carthage?
Most of us recall that the Carthaginian king Hannibal (c. 247–182 B.C.), the scourge of Rome, led elephants and soldiers over the Alps to inflict heavy casualties on unsuspecting Italian armies. We all learned that the Romans defeated Hannibal—but what else do we really know about this enigmatic people? The French writer Gustave Flaubert set his novel