March 10, 2016

Today in History: Momentous Roman victory over Carthage (241 BC)

John RobsonResident Historian

The Roman victory over Carthage at the Egadi Islands in 241 BC, ending the First Punic War, seems a long time ago now. But as Faulkner said, “history isn’t was, it’s is”. 

And if Rome had perished in those desperate struggles against its deadly rival Carthage, long before becoming a world power, an articulated transnational system of liberty under law, Christianity as the religion of the West, and the entire foundation of our way of life might never have come into being.

A lot to hang on an obscure collision of a few hundred galleys more than two millennia ago.

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commented 2016-03-23 22:40:28 -0400
“War is the father of things” Pacifism is the whore.
commented 2016-03-11 15:00:55 -0500
I can’t watch you anymore because I keep learning new things, just kidding. Always interesting and insightful John.
commented 2016-03-11 11:14:42 -0500
The Carthageniens. - sound like modem day white priveledge Liberal elites
Thanks Rome!!
I stayed all class professor—good one!
commented 2016-03-11 00:29:28 -0500
I loved how during the Arab spring a Tunisian women came out and declared that it is their country and they had localization long before bearded men came out of the desert.
commented 2016-03-10 23:21:13 -0500
Nope. They were Phoenicians, not the same as the people in that area today. And, if Carthage had been the victor, we may still have had the western world and Christianity as we have today.
commented 2016-03-10 22:35:29 -0500
Yousay Carthage evolved in a dark and savage way – what’s really changed in N.Africa? Still tribalistic, still dark and savage ideologically – exception being Tunisia which, strangely enough, is the only Democracy in the Arab world. Romans brought Christianity and architecture to Tunisia, including the arts. Maybe having their ass handed to them by the Roman republic then the French Republic shook enough sand out of their ears to accelerate their civil evolution.
commented 2016-03-10 21:45:10 -0500
Thank you John for introducing the first and second Punic wars to the rebels. These battles are still studied in military colleges around the world. If anyone has seen the movie Patton you see what I mean.