Book Review: S. Lancel’s ‘Carthage’ and E. Luttwak’s ‘The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire’

Groningen, 03-12-2017 AD*, Over the last few weeks I read in sequence two books about two ancient Mediterranean countries. Lancel's 'Carthage: A History' provides us with a summary on everything we know about Carthaginian (a.k.a. Punic) history known up and to the time of writing (1992). The book therefore spans the centuries from 800BC to... Continue Reading →

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What Did The Romans Ever Do For Us!?

Leiden, a.d. XIV Kal. Sep. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., I love Romans. I know they were brutal sexist imperialists, who remorselessly butchered and enslaved entire peoples, they had a slave based economy, they had crazy, nay absolutely completely and indubitably lunatic emperors etc. etc. etc. Yet, at the same time, they built an impressive civilization, had a surprisingly modern economy,... Continue Reading →

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