What Were The Punic Wars?

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The Punic Wars were some of the bloodiest and most difficult wars that the ancient Romans fought. More specifically, the Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between the Romans and the Carthaginians from 264 B.C to 146 B.C.

During this time, the Carthaginians and the Romans were the two great powers of the West. Moreover, they were both in the process of expansion. From this perspective, we can see that there was going to be a head on collision. This came to pass over a few conflicts in Sicily.

Many of these conflicts were resolved through treaties after intermittent battles.  Polybius, the great Greek historian of Rome and an eye-witness of these events, wrote extensively between the war between Rome and Carthage and recorded the treaties.

The most famous war between the two groups was the second war, where Hannibal the greatest of Carthaginian general crossed the Alps with his army and war elephants and destroyed three consular armies. The battle at Cannae, where the Romans were slaughter will never be forgotten.  Hannibal almost accomplished his purpose of destroying Rome itself. The was finally stopped by Scipio Africanus at the battle of Zama.

In the final war, Rome razed Carthage and they seized to exist as a power.

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