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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,568,897 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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By JPS TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2015
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As other reviewers have also mentioned, this is an excellent, if scholarly, book on the Barcid dynasty, and not only on Hannibal, even if the later, unsurprisingly, gets the “lion’s share” of it – some 125 pages out of slightly more than 220, without counting the appendices. It is also a book that is valuable and even original in many respects, for the light that it sheds and the interpretations that it makes, even, sometimes, when some of these may be no more the author’s views or guesses.

Investigating the exact relationship of the Barcid generalissimos with Carthage is a first - and very valuable - theme that runs across the whole book. In particular, the author shows that the Barcid leaders – Hamilcar, Hasdrubal the Fair and Hannibal, successfully, were at the head of the most powerful political faction in Carthage for over three decades. They were not, as has sometimes been alleged, operating on their own or without the authorisation of Carthage and, as well shown by the author, the Second Punic War was not entirely “Hannibal’s war”, contrary to another older book’s title (from Lazenby and which happens to be very good, by the way). As the author also shows, the Barcid clan maintained its supremacy till the end and even after Carthage’s defeat in the second war. It is only in 195 BC, when the Romans managed to get Hannibal exiled, that it seems to have ended.

Another very interesting piece, which tends to be much less well-known than the Second Punic War and Hannibal, is of course the story and achievements of the two first leaders who built Carthage’s new empire in Spain (Hamilcar and Hasdrubal).
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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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