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Armies of the Carthaginian Wars, 265-146 B.C. (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – 25 Mar 1982

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (25 Mar. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850454301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850454307
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Terence Wise is one of Osprey's most popular authors. Terence has been a respected historical writer for more than 25 years. With numerous books and articles to his credit, he has contributed more than a dozen titles to the Men-At-Arms series, mainly on medieval subjects including studies of the military orders and the Wars of the Roses.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 25 Nov. 2007
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'Armies of the Carthaginian Wars' is a good short introduction on the various forces that took part during one of the most famous wars of the Classical age.
The title begins with a short chronological timeline of events during the Punic wars, before the author sets off to describe the Carthaginians and their mercenary allies. A great deal of interesting information is covered in this section, and the author gives enough space to each of the various mercenary groups within Hannibal's army - The Numidians, Gauls, Iberians, Greeks and Macedonians and even Hannibal's Italian allies are covered. He describes their roles within Hannibal's army, their arms, armour and tactics.

The majority of the book deals with the Roman army. The author begins by discussing the reliability of historians like Polybius, and how much we can salvage from their writings on the Roman battle order of the period. He discusses the Velites, Hastati, Principes and Triarii and their respective roles within the army. He also gives a short overview of how these armies were commanded by their generals, including how the Roman system of switching command between Consuls on a daily basis affected the running of the army in the field.

This book, like other Osprey titles from the Men-at-Arms series, has 8 pages of colour plates - each showing how the soldiers of the period looked like. These are all brilliantly rendered by the famous Osprey illustrator, Richard Hook. The book also has dozens of photographs, maps and line drawings, which are very useful.

It should be noted that you can buy a copy of this book along with a campaign title on the battle of Cannae under the title of "Hannibal's War with Rome - The Armies and the Campaigns 216 BC".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2014
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This is an old Men-at-Arms title first printed in 1982 and not updated since. As such, the bibliography for further reading is obsolete, and so are some of the elements discussed in the text.

These include the alleged presence of a pike-phalanx of some 4000 Macedonians fighting alongside Hannibal at Zama. Although mentioned in one of the less reliable and latter Roman sources, this is very unlikely and is currently dismissed by modern historians. At a time when Philip V of Macedon was busy fighting against just about all of his neighbours in addition to Rome, and with the later dominating the seas, it is rather difficult to see how he would have deprived himself of a whole phalanx and how it could have been shipped over to Carthage and avoided interception.

Another problem is the author’s belief that Carthage adopted “Greek-style” heavy infantry tactics, meaning in fact a pike-phalanx, and that this was already the case during the First Punic War when the Spartan mercenary general Xantippus defeated the Roman army of Consul Regulus in 255BC. This is very probably a mistake because the Greeks only adopted Macedonian pike-style phalanxes towards the end of the third century, with the Sparta of King Cleomenes III using a pike-phalanx against the Macedonians of Antigonos Doson at the battle of Sellasia being the first (in 222 BC) followed by the Achean League during the next decade. Up to then, the “Geek-style” warfare was still the hoplite phalanx, although such a phalanx would be supplemented by various types of lighter and more flexible troops, such as peltasts and thureophoroi, just as was the case for the troops with which Hannibal had set of with to invade Italy.

Apart from that, the book contains a number of other “glitches” and typos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 11 Mar. 2014
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The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
This title is somewhat dated, however it does provide a decent overview of the Carthaginian and Roman armies of this period. The author first examines the origins of Carthage, its society, arms and equipment, the diverse make up of the army with the different ethnic groups represented, and also the mercenary element. The second half of this booklet deals with the Roman army in much the same way as the Carthaginians.
All in all a good solid introduction to the armies of the Punic wars complemented with fine illustrations and colour plates. Recommended.
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