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  • It all started when a mercenary group took over a Greek city in Sicily. The local king of the area didn't like that very much, so he came to take it back. At first, the group asked Carthage for help, which they agreed to, but they didn't follow through. So then they asked Rome to destroy Carthage for them, and the scene below is pretty descriptive of that exchange.
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  • The first Punic war was a naval one. This was the Roman's first endeavor into the sea, but since their ships had no ramming power, they instead boarded the enemy ships and killed their crew. Thus, the Romans won.
  • After Carthage lost, they had to make expensive reparations to Rome, which crippled them. Hamilcar, a general in the Carthaginian army, hated the Romans so much after their bitter defeat in the first Punic war that he made his son, Hannibal, swear a public oath to hate the Romans as much as he did.
  • Hannibal, do you promise to destroy the Romans at all costs?
  • Yes, father!
  • Years later, Hamilcar was killed by one of his slaves and succeeded by his son. Hannibal remembered his promise and expanded the Carthaginian empire toward Rome, claiming that he was just trying to help with their reparations before attacking a Roman village, starting the second punic war.
  • Pillage! Raid! Plunder!
  • Luckily for Carthage, Hannibal was a military genius. He caught them completely by surprise with his elephants, and leading one of the most famous marches in history, going through the Alps in the winter, a hard enough task currently, but impossible back then. He defeated army after army, but in the end failed in his goal. This was due to the fact that he had no siege engines or reinforcements from Carthage, and was defeated in a place near his hometown called Zama.
  • Sir, we'll never make it through the Alps in this weather!
  • I don't care! Do it anyway!
  • They breached the walls!
  • The story of the Punic wars ended not in a bang, but in a whimper. Hannibal was the last hope for Carthage, and we know how that went. Years after his defeat, the Romans besieged Carthage, and a few years and 3 good fights later, Carthage was no more
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