The punic wars rome carthage and the struggle for the mediterranean nigel bagnall on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the punic wars triggered an era of astonishing human misfortune resulting from a mighty power struggle between the military confederation of rome and the trading empire of carthage between 264 241 bc. The punic wars triggered an era of astonishing human misfortune resulting from a mighty power struggle between the military confederation of rome and the trading empire of carthage between 264 241 bc 218 201 bc and 149 146 bc the wars were fought over a period of 118 years. Information about the book the struggle for the mediterranean he paints a picture which illustrates the fundamental differences between rome and carthage what rome was before committing to fight the first war and what carthage was and how she conducted herself as regards diplomacy etcand gives some reasons as to why carthage would . The punic wars 264 146bc sprang from a mighty power struggle between two ancient civilisations the trading empire of carthage and the military confedoration of rome it was a period of astonishing human misfortune lasting over a period of 118 years and resulting in the radical depletion of romes population and resources and the complete annihilation of carthage. The punic wars how rome conquered the mediteranean the punic wars were the three wars between the mediterranean superpowers carthage and rome rome came out as champion and proceeded to reign unchallenged as the superpower of the world for over 400 years
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