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Identifier: worldhistoricala00gilb
Title: The world: historical and actual
Year: 1886 (1880s)
Authors: Gilbert, Frank, 1839-1899. [from old catalog]
Subjects: World history
Publisher: Chicago, Fairbanks & Palmer publishing co
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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was the attempt of Carthage to gainpossession of Sicily, an island about the size of theState of Maryland, and the most important in theMediterranean. It contained a flourishing Greekcolony. It is worthy of remark that although Ath-ens was a great commercial center, a little passithen, but long prominent, it never came into con-flict with Carthage. Sicily was too near Italy to make the establish-ment there of a Punicstronghold tolerablein the eyes of Rome,which by this timehad become master ofItaly, and was in nomood to brook in-tervention from theSouthwest. Seeingthat two great powerswere thus broughtinto conflict, Pyrrhusmay reasonably havewithdrawn, in thehope of a life-and-death struggle be- CABTHAGE. tween thege twQ re_ publics which should pave the way for the Epi-rotes to ride in triumph over both. If lie heldany sucli theory lie was destined to disappointment,the real disaster of the war being confined to one ofthe combatants, the other gaining in proportion toits rivals loss.

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The Romans were successful in driving the Car-thaginians from Sicily, or rather, they and theirallies were successful, for in the beginning of the con-flict Rome was not single-handed by any means.The Carthaginians were compelled to give up theirenterprise. They would have been content, proba-blv, to go on with their commerce without furthercombat witli the Romans. They do not appear tohave seen a rival on the Tiber, but the Romanswere not content to let the matter rest there. Theycarried the war into Africa, assuming the aggres-sive. A naval battle was fought not long after, in ;pr ROME AND CARTHAGE. H5 which, to let them tell it, the Romans performedprodigies. They weie not sea fighters, but theygrappled the enemies ships, boarded them andwaged a hand-to-hand fight, for which the Cartha-ginian mercenaries were not prepared. The victoryof Mylse was the Trafalgar of the Punic war, andthe Romans never wearied of boasting of it. Theytook from Carthage several outlying posts, but onthe c

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