The historical study of Carthage is problematic. Because its culture and records were destroyed by the Romans at the end of the Third Punic War, very few Carthaginian primary historical sources survive. While there are a few ancient translations of Punic texts into Greek and Latin, as well as inscriptions on monuments and buildings discovered in North Africa, the main sources are Greek and Roman historians.Eventual victory by Rome over Carthage in the Punic Wars was a turning point which meant that the civilization of the ancient Mediterranean would pass to the modern world via Southern Europe instead of North Africa.1. GREAT report (as usual). I bookmark these for my own [someday] trips if DW eventually retires.2. OT but it's how my mind works. Have you read Newt Gingrich's (get over the politics, the guys a good historian, a readable author and his co-authors are even better) alternative history books? http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_8?url=search-alias%...Imagine if Lee hadn't sent Picket at Gettysburg and later beaten Mead at Gettysburg. His historical books are a good read.You've got a GREAT alternative history if the Punic Wars had gone the other way. It's NO stretch to imagine the center of civilization in North Africa, or Persia. You may have defined some of my reading, after Australia.3. Keep going. You keep adding to my bucket list. Next is Australia for me, but too short a time. I'm learning Spanish so I can be like Flegbo too.Thank you!BobRYR Home Fool
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