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Hannibal's Dynasty: Power and Politics in the Western Mediterranean, 247-183 BC Paperback – 4 Nov 2004


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (4 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415359589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415359580
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,691,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although Hannibal's Dynasty naturally revolves to a great extent about the life and campaigns of the great Carthaginian commander, the theme of the volume is much broader, focusing on the influence of the so-called "Barcid" family and their kinsmen on the politics of Carthage and the Mediterranean world during the third century before the Christian era. Hoyos presents a balanced view of Romano-punic relations, providing a more nuanced look at the politics and motivations of prominent leaders on both sides than is usually the case in works on the project, and has some fresh appraisals of the military skills of Hannibal and a host of other generals at the same time.."-NYMAS Review, 2003 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This is an interesting read for anyone who has an interest in the Carthaginians, the Phoenicians or the Punic wars between Rome and Carthage. Some parts of it go into a bit much detail on primary sources and their faults and merits for the general reader and will only be of interest to academics, but it's probably intended mainly for academics.
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Blueprint of the Barcid ascendency to power 29 Nov 2004
By B. Blanchard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent source for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Barca family and the dynamics of its relationship to Carthage during the first two Punic Wars. Hoyos takes all of the primary sources still available today dealing with the Punic Wars (Polybios, Cassius Dio, Livy, etc.) and pieces together the most plausible explanation for how and why the first two Punic Wars occured. Perhaps the most important section of the book deals with Hamilcar and Hasdrubal's relationship with Carthage. Hoyos suggests that Carthage was divided into two camps (both of which desired to dominate Carthaginian politics), the Barcas and the followers of Hanno 'the Great'. This factional infighting goes a long was to explaining why, during the first and second Punic Wars, Carthage took such long periods of inaction towards Rome. Also, as stated earlier, since Hoyos takes all surviving primary sources concerning the first two Punic Wars he is able to give the most plausible narrative of the events. This is especially important because many of the primary sources contradict one another in their narratives. Naval sizes, dates of battles and other events are often confused or misrepresented in the primary sources. So what Hoyos does is to present the reader with all of the accounts and argues in favor for what he has decieded to be as the most plausible account of the wars. Even if the reader does not agree with Hoyos' interpretation, since he has laid out the evidence used to come to those conclusions, the reader is able to use the same evidence to come to one's own conclusions.

In short, this is an extremly valueable secondary source that can be quite helpfull to anyone interested in the history of the first two Punic Wars.
Buy! Buy! Buy! 30 Dec 2013
By N. Perz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
How sad this is only available as a Kindle download. If you can ever find a print-copy, then buy it. Dexter Hoyos is a must-have for any serious (or casual, for that matter) student of Carthage. It is so nice to find material about Carthage that goes beyond the usual scope of Hannibal and the Punic Wars.

Recommended.
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