Most of what we know about Carthaginians was written by their enemies–first the Greeks, then the Romans. They are described as greedy, treacherous and brutal. Yet even Cicero, a Roman politician born 40 years after Carthage was wiped out, grudgingly admitted that “Carthage would never have held an empire for six hundred years had it not been governed with wisdom and statesmanship.”The article puts the coinage into a nice capsule history of Carthage.
None of its literature, and very little of its art, architecture or material culture survives.
But we have the coins.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Coinage of Carthage
PUNIC WATCH: The Coinage of Carthage (Mike Markowitz, CoinWeek).