Rome: The Punic Wars – The First Punic War

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If you know anything about Ancient Rome then you know there was lots of fighting. Whether it was fighting  in a civil war or fighting to expand/defend the Kingdom, Republic, or Empire, Rome rarely rested on its laurels.

Thanks to Extra Credits, today we are going to view The First Punic War!

Western Mediterranean Sea in 264 BC. Rome is shown in red, Carthage in purple, and Syracuse in green.

The First Punic War (264–241 BC) was fought partly on land in Sicily and Africa, but was largely a naval war. It began as a local conflict in Sicily between Hiero II of Syracuse and the Mamertines of Messina.

Carthage spent the years following the war improving its finances and expanding its colonial empire in Hispania under the militaristic Barcid family. Rome’s attention was mostly concentrated on the Illyrian Wars.

A Carthaginian shekel, dated 237-227 BC, depicting the Punic god Melqart (equivalent of Hercules), most likely with the features of Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal Barca; on the reverse is a man riding a war elephant.

In 219 BC, Hannibal, the son of Hamilcar Barca, attacked Saguntum in Hispania, a city allied to Rome, starting the Second Punic War.

We hope you enjoyed today’s adventure and look forward to you coming back for more. Make sure to stop back soon because we shall be carrying on this video series.

Till next time, Don’t Stop Rome-ing!

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