Hannibal's Dynasty: Power and Politics in the Western by Dexter Hoyos

By Dexter Hoyos

Accessible and enlightening, Hannibal's Dynasty presents the whole tale of Carthage's fulfillment, going past the standard specialize in Hannibal and army concerns by myself to examine quite a lot of political and diplomatic concerns too.

Dexter Hoyos indicates how the aristocratic Barcid relatives gained dominance within the loose republic of Carthage, and the way they exploited relations connections to guide Carthage to greatness at domestic and abroad.

For scholars of Hannibal, his dynasty and his legacy - this can be the publication to read.

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Plainly only limited numbers took part. The citizen assembly, meeting in the square, elected sufetes and generals, and passed laws. What procedures were followed and what determined a candidate’s eligibility for office are predictably unknown, but the lavish spending which our informants insist was taken for granted meant that only rich men could compete. This in turn is a clue, both to sharply marked patron–client relationships between the powerful few in public life and many if not most ordinary voters, and at the same time to constantly fluctuating political cliques and followings—the great men manoeuvring for allies and against opponents; friendships, enmities (and clientships) very changeable; and voters on the lookout for the biggest or most ingratiating offers.

If this involved Hamilcar, it was the general’s last coup—and an unprofitable one again, for Lutatius’ deputy, the praetor P. Valerius Falto, was just as energetic. Hamilcar could not of course have foreseen when the enemy would launch a new naval effort (though this would not deter enemies from blaming him for not foreseeing it). But it would be interesting to know whether he had condoned or criticized the laying-up of the fleet. There must, of course, still have been a few warships in commission down to 242 to maintain a trickle of supplies from and contacts with Carthage, even if raids on Italy had stopped.

This was the only concessive crumb Hamilcar could win for his city. A new clause added the islands ‘between Italy and Sicily’, in other words the Aegates and Lipara groups, to the Punic withdrawal from Sicily. But the revised indemnity clause made the most difference. The 2,200 talents must be paid in ten yearly instalments, plus 1,000 (60 million asses) payable immediately. This heavy lump sum both made it easier to reimburse the Roman citizens whose loans had created Lutatius’ victorious fleet, and at the same time made it harder or impossible for the Carthaginians to renew warfare.

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