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  • Valentia

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    The Carthaginians and the Romans engaged in a series of three major wars known as the Punic Wars. These wars were fought over more than a century, from 264 BC to 146 BC. The conflicts were primarily driven by territorial and commercial rivalries in the western Mediterranean.

    The First Punic War (264-241 BC) was primarily a naval war fought over control of Sicily and other strategic islands. It ended with a Roman victory, resulting in Carthaginian withdrawal from Sicily and the payment of a large indemnity.

    The Second Punic War (218-201 BC) is the most famous and significant of the three. It was fought under the leadership of the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca, who famously crossed the Alps with his army and won several major victories against the Romans, including the famous Battle of Cannae. However, despite these successes, Hannibal ultimately failed to conquer Rome itself. The war ended with a Roman victory, and Carthage lost its territories in Spain, as well as its navy and much of its wealth.

    The Third Punic War (149-146 BC) was essentially the result of Roman resentment and desire for revenge against Carthage. After a long siege, the Romans finally captured and destroyed Carthage in 146 BC, effectively ending the Carthaginian civilization.

    Therefore, the Carthaginians fought a total of three wars with the Romans, known as the Punic Wars.

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