Ancient Civilizations Clash in New Historical Novel “The Death of Carthage”

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The battles between ancient Rome and Carthage defined the shape of future history.

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You cannot think of anything in today’s society that hasn’t been profoundly affected by the events in this book,Had Hannibal succeeded in his ambitions … nothing would be the same.

History is full of civilization-altering crisis points, but few civilizations figure as prominently in modern civilization as ancient Rome. In her new historical novel The Death of Carthage (published by Trafford Publishing), author Robin E. Levin examines one of Rome’s most crucial periods: the Punic Wars against Carthage.

The Death of Carthage deals with the Second and Third Punic Wars, in which Rome first conquers Carthage and then later completely destroys it. Three characters – a soldier, a slave and an interpreter – walk readers through the decades-long story, illustrating the concerns of the time and bringing to vivid life what most people think of as dry and boring history.

“You were the child of a Greek slave woman and a foreigner, and you spent your childhood herding sheep. You did not absorb much of what makes a person Greek. When you went to Rome, it was too late for you to absorb much of what makes a person Roman. You learned both languages well enough, but you never really learned the rules of either Greece or Rome. You’ve invented your own rules. Now your rules are logical and humane. They’re good rules. But they’re not Greek rules and they’re not Roman rules. The Roman rules permit, and even compel, the destruction of Carthage. Your rules do not. Do you understand now?”

In the best traditions of historical fiction, Levin draws heavily from real sources: primary or near-primary sources like Titus Livius and Polybius, and more modern historical texts like Basil Liddell Hart’s treatise Greater than Napoleon and Richard Miles’ Carthage Must Be Destroyed.

“You cannot think of anything in today’s society that hasn’t been profoundly affected by the events in this book,” Levin says. “Had Hannibal succeeded in his ambitions … nothing would be the same.”

About the Author

Robin E. Levin was born in Baltimore but now lives in San Francisco. She makes her living as a clinical lab technician specializing in heart disease-related tests. Levin inherited her interested in ancient Rome from her mother, earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California and writes for the sheer joy of it. Happily divorced, she has one daughter.

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