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Carthage, near modern Tunis, was originally a colony of the Phoenician city of Tyre but gained its independence around 650 BCE. It grew to control a mighty colonial empire of its own, stretching across North Africa and southern Spain. Conflict between Carthage and Rome (the premier powers in the western Mediterranean) proved inevitable. During the Second Punic War, Carthaginian forces led by the brilliant general Hannibal made the unthinkable gambit of crossing the Alps in the winter of 218 BCE. His troops included a contingent of war elephants - many of which died in the mountains - and he inflicted a series of crushing defeats on the Roman legions, most spectacularly using a double envelopment at the Battle of Cannae.

After pulling back from the gates of Rome for uncertain reasons, Hannibal’s armies were worn down over several years in a war of attrition. He was ultimately defeated by the Roman general Scipio Africanus near Carthage. The loss broke Carthaginian power. It limped on until the now vastly more powerful Romans razed it in 146 BCE. Ironically, a century later Julius Caesar founded a city on the site of Rome’s ancient rival, and this new Carthage became an important cultural and economic center of Roman Africa.

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