The Death of Carthage

The Death of Carthage➥ [Epub] ➟ The Death of Carthage By Robin Levin ➯ – The Death of Carthage tells the story of the Second and third Punic wars that took place between ancient Rome and Carthage in three parts The first book Carthage Must Be Destroyed covering the second The Death of Carthage tells the story of the Second and third Punic wars that took place between ancient Rome and Carthage in three parts The first book Carthage Must Be Destroyed covering the second Punic war is told in the first person by Lucius Tullius Varro a young Roman of euestrian status who is recruited into the Roman cavalry at the beginning of the war in BC Lucius The Death PDF or serves in Spain under the Consul Publius Cornelius Scipio and his brother the Proconsul Cneius Cornelius Scipio Captivus the second book is narrated by Lucius's first cousin Enneus who is recruited to the Roman cavalry under Gaius Flaminius and taken prisoner by Hannibal's general Maharbal after the disastrous Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene in BC Enneus is transported to Greece and sold as a slave where he is put to work as a shepherd on a large estate and establishes his life there The third and final book. I won a copy of this book on the Good Reads First Reads giveawayAs I intended to do this review I meant to make notes as I went I was three uarters of the way through the book before I realized I hadn't so much as picked up my pen That should give you an idea of the book's readabilityThe Death of Carthage is basically a family saga incorporating the second and third Punic Wars It covers the lives of Lucius Tullius Varro his cousin Enneus Tullius and Enneus' son Ectorius The book is divided into three sections one for each person so naturally there is so duplication of material However as it comes from different viewpoints it doesn't detract but only add to the reader's understanding of the eventsAll the major players of the period are mentioned The Scipio family of course and Cato the CensorThe Death of Carthage manages to combine entertaining family saga with well researched historical facts to be one of the interesting historical novels I have read in recent timesThe only thing that stops it from being a great epic novel is the fact that apart from Lucius the characters seem to lack the individuality needed to make the book truly come aliveHighly recommended for all lovers of military fiction straight historical fiction and those with an interest in Republican Rome Robin E Levin's Death of Carthage is a gem for any history buff The author's obvious love for the time period shines as she faithfully recreates life in ancient Rome and its territories during the Second Punic War Lucius his cousin Enneas and Enneas's son Ectorius are caught up in the generations long war against Rome's rival city Carthage Yet these are no brute warriors; the protagonists have a rare sensitivity which puts them at odds with their fellow soldiers and countrymen yet they must acuit themselves according to Roman notions of honor on the battlefieldThe book is divided into three parts and spans Roman campaigns in Hispania captivity and slavery in Achaea Greece and ultimately the downfall of Carthage seen briefly through the sympathetic eyes of one Gillimas a Carthaginian boy of twelve rescued from the slave marketThough the story at times repeats the same events the author's eye for historical detail is the treat here She's done the research and it shows; readers come away in eual measures enlightened and entertained Told in the first persons by four characters each of who holds different social ranks; whether solider slave intellectual or laborer the reader gains a general understanding of the interior layers of Ancient Rome life during the 2nd and 3rd Punic Wars The language and tone maintain a contemporary uality making the read easy to follow The author also provides humor to offset the depressing circumstances Out of all the characters Ennues a Roman solider sold into slavery in Greece who is nicknamed “Trojan” is my most favorite Often accused for being “insolent” his humor not only makes him very likable but his wit also reveals his astute insight about the world he lives in In addition to the natural languages of the first persons the author inserts factual uotes by key historical figures into the dialogue to facilitate the historical authenticity The Death of Carthage exhibits the downfall of Rome’s humanity as it rises to power It’s an excellent tale through the perspectives of four boys growing up into fully matured adults of how Rome that once was idealistic in political principles grew to be cruel and corrupt With Rome’s involvement of the Punic Wars the reader becomes engaged in both the ordinary and political lives; and lives of those who live in independence and slavery As three generations pass the final Punic War ends up with genocide of the Carthaginian people; and for those who survived were sold right into slavery thus extinguishing the Carthaginian civilization altogether The first three characters are related to each other and therefore some of their stories overlap as their lives overlap Each is noble sympathetic and intelligent Their views uestion Roman values and one of whom is both Roman and Greek Ecturius reflects on the “hybrid” of cultures which brings the reader to reflect the cultural mixing of the ancient world The forth character Gillimas a Carthaginian slave who is not related to the others but is gifted to the third Exturius best sums up the book’s theme by this statement “It’s difficult being a good man in this wicked world” In short The Death of Carthage is a fine read and is worthy of 5 stars This is book is not like the tales of Mccullough or Scarrow It is of a different time and style then either of those It is told first person from four perspectives and as such it takes some time to adjust to the difference inherent in Ms Levin's style than tales of warrior heroism one might think is invoked from the title and subject matterFor it is a tale of the 2nd Punic War and then the 3rd but seen through the eyes of people who you might expect a different tale from That it is delivered in hands that are shown to have care and affection with the material means that the tale will educated and lift you up in a time where desolation was to be had by allUsing the writings of Polybius and others Ms Levin reminds us that war at this period was brutal and had brutal side effects There was no Geneva Convention Slavery was certainly apart of what one saw and expected in this age And here Ms Levin is able to point out the issues that such a practice brings to the world We meet characters along the way that help tell us the story and with the exact wording of what occurred at various times our historical knowledge is elevated beyond what most novels on the subject would give We see the large world of Rome as it changes from a small city state with allies to the empire that it rose to become Conuering its enemies and sometimes its friends Treating the vanuished by showing that assimilation of a culture is a means to takeover a kingdomWith four sets of eyeballs our narrators we see several different events come to life across a stage of over 80 years of history during very turbulent times Ms Levin has given a gift that is worth the time and effort to read this tome and find out about it with all the bother of one single hero who is unaffected by the changes that do take place Here we find men with cares and woes that are completely affected and we are made to learn what such would be like if we were caught up in that war torn world that led us on the path to our own now This one is for all lovers of history This was an interesting and different kind of read In The Death of Carthage I found a mingling of the definitive novel and a history text – by which I mean that I found an extended fictional piece of prose abutting slices of historical uotations which were full of historical import I have only scant knowledge of the period of the Punic wars so I found it uite engrossing having a chunk of information given to me without my need to go searching for it in other sourcesGiven to the reader in three books there’s a lot of detail about what happened during the second and third Punic Wars over a period of around eight decades The first book Carthage Must Be Destroyed I found complicated to read and I was a bit distracted by the insertions of the uotations I confess to having the need to seek maps of the areas described to make it meaningful for me which meant the reading of the book was protracted though a reader with knowledge of the subject matter would not find that need The second and third books flowed easily since I had some familiarity with the events described the repetition of details as given by each of the main characters responsible for this It was interesting as a reader to get the situations from the different viewpoints though I also found some of the recall a little repetitive What I continued to look for was interaction between the main characters in each book and the cast of many others as the events unfolded yet that eluded me The research for the book is immense; Robin Levin’s enthusiasm shines throughout; and this is a treat for anyone wanting to learn about the Punic wars 2 3 but not for a reader looking for a simple story The Death of Carthage covers the Second and Third Punic Wars in a realistic and balanced manner Told from the viewpoints of four people three Roman and one Carthaginian it is a tale of conuest sans revenge Lucius Tullius Varro's twin talents of calvaryman and linguist win him the attention of Scipio Africanus Sent to gather intelligence for the Romans in Spain while Hannibal rages in Italy Lucius learns to appreciate the Hispanic people he meets He serves honorably and well and returns in triumph with Scipio to Rome The story then picks up with the adventures of his cousin Ennius who is captured by the Carthaginians at the battle of Tiresmene and sold as a slave to the Greeks He endures 21 years of slavery and returns to Rome with his family There his cousin Lucius befriends him Ennius' son Ectorius takes up the tale next with the third climatic battle of Carthage Born a slave he hates slavery and frees a young Carthaginian boy who ends the novel with his take on history Robin Levin does an excellent job of blending real historical figures with the fictional ones in an engaging an interesting way The multi view techniue gives the reader a through picture of the impact of those ways on ordinary citizens lives This is a must read for all interested in this time period or in well told history The places sound alien Carthage Hispania Ticinus Cissa This is however our world The Death of Carthage takes place in 200BC during a time when laws forbade women from wearing excessive jewelry when calvary men participated in at least ten military campaigns before being relieved of duty when it was shameful for a woman to save a man's life Author Robin Levin follows the life of one calvary man in the wars between the GreeksRomansand what is now TunisiaThe story reads like an intimate diary We are given the man's highlights romance and births and lowlights deaths of soldiers and in this age it was tens of thousands per battle The pages are peppered with actual uotes from famous figures as well as fun tidbits about cultures about why men began shaving their beards how sons were executed for disobeying fathers how a person who saved your life became your masterI remember my children studying about this period of history in social studies I'm sure I did too but my memory doesn't reach back that far What fun this book would have been for them to have While the names and places are difficult to recall the author ties dates and uotes together into something memorable There's even a table of contents which is helpful for someone interested in referencing a certain part of the book Writing a historical novel is a triple challenge The author must tell an engaging story with memorable characters and include all the other elements of good fiction In addition he or she has elected to recreate an actual world with sufficient detail to convince the reader Perhaps most difficult the author most devise a speech style for the characters to speak that is intelligible and natural but not distractingly anachronistic So my hat is off to anyone who makes the attempt in this literary genre The Death of Carthage tells of a chapter in the history of ancient Rome that is usually known only as a hook to hang history uestions on Who was Hannibal? Which mountain range did the elephants cross? In three sections somewhat confusingly called “books” Levin gives life to the rivalry between Rome and Carthage and its culmination in the total destruction of the latter Levin’s grasp of the public and political history of the time is phenomenal; still my favorite parts of the novel were the evocations of everyday life the ambiguous relations between slaves and their masters the habits of soldiers the languages and dialects of the empire The characters are engaging and I felt as if I had glimpsed the real life of a vanished world I received this book as part of Good Reads First ReadsThis is a book of history and fiction entwinedIt is told by 4 characters as young boys and follows their stories as they grow into mature adults during the 2nd and 3rd Punic WarsThe author has cleverly included a certain amount of humour to offset the battles and depressing circumstancesThe book shows how Rome came to be cruel and corrupt and lets you follow ordinary and political lives to the end of the Carthaginian eraHistory and fiction meet to make a really good book This book was a wonderful surpriseI loved all 4 characters and I enjoyed their stories The Death of Carthage is a good book about a subject I enjoy I have read a lot of of history books Most of them were pretty boring and terrible But this book didn't disappoint me The Death Of Carthage is very interesting and accurate bookBy the way I love the cover

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  • 336 pages
  • The Death of Carthage
  • Robin Levin
  • 20 August 2016
  • 9781466956056