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  1. During the Punic Wars, the Romans realized they had no clue how to build ships. They decided to rent row boats, run aground a Carthaginian ship, and plagiarize the designs. The entire first fleet of their new Navy was based off this ship, but learning to row proved more challenging.

  2. The elephants Hannibal used in the Punic Wars were actually a now-extinct smaller species, only 2.5 meters tall at the shoulders.

  3. Rome and Carthage signed a peace treaty to officially end the 3rd Punic war. In 1985

  4. In the Battle of Cannae during the second Punic War, Hannibal's army of 50,000 men slaughtered close to 75,000 Roman soldiers in a mere few hours in a space not much larger than 1 square mile.

  5. Hannibal occupied southern Italy for most of the Second Punic War, defeating the Romans in every battle.

  6. The final battle in the Second Punic War was at Zama in north Africa. Both sides had about 40,000 men, but the Romans had more cavalry and the Carthaginians had elephants. When the elephants charged, the Romans lines simply moved out of the way to let them to the back where they were hacked to bits.

  7. Hannibal died a wanted man and exile in in the Kingdom of Bithynia.

  8. During the Second Punic War, there was an earthquake so terrible that it "overthrew large portions of many of the cities of Italy, turned rivers, and leveled mountains with an awful crash." The only problem? It was noticed by neither army because they were too busy fighting.

  9. The city of Carthage was settled by Phoenician settlers from Tyre

  10. Phoenician and Punic were Semitic languages.

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Rome and Carthage only signed a treaty ending the Punic Wars in 1985, over 2000 years after they began

In 1985, the mayors of Rome and Carthage signed a peace treaty in Tunis as a gesture of friendship, thereby "officially" ending the Punic Wars.

During the Second Punic War Hannibal's army battled the Roman forces in an attempt to gain control of Italian land.

Instead of facing Hannibal directly, Scipio instead led a fleet to invade Spain, which forced Hannibal to retreat to Carthage.

The Romans rebuilt Carthage about 100 years after they destroyed it in The Third Punic War. By 1 AD it was one of the largest cities in the empire.

From 282-275 BC, Pyrrhus, the king of the Greek speaking kingdom of Epirus, was at war with both Rome and Carthage.

According to the Roman historian Titus Livy, Hannibal led an army of 100,000 men and thirty-seven elephants across the Alps into Italy, but lost all but one of his elephants.

The Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage did not officially end until a peace treaty was signed in 1985 AD.

The treaties of friendship between Rome and Carthage were based mainly on trade.

Hamilcar Barca, the father of Hannibal, conquered much of coastal Spain in 237 BC. He succeeded in revamping the Carthaginian Empire and established the Barcid Dynasty.

In 288 BC, a peaceful Greek settlement of Messina, Syracuse, allowed unemployed Italian mercenaries, Mamertines, to seek refuge in their borders. Later, much of the male population were massacred by the mercenaries, and the females taken as 'wives'. They later sparked the First Punic War.

The term "Punic" refers to the dialect of Phoenician spoken by the Carthaginians.

An "official" peace treaty between the once great powers of Rome and Carthage was finally signed in 1985, symbolically ending the Punic Wars.

The Battle of Lake Trasimene, fought during the Second Punic War in 217 B.C., remains the largest land-based ambush in history.

Although Carthage was settled and originally dominated by Phoenicians, the local Berber people known as Numidians made up a large share of the population and comprised a large part of the military.

In order to wage the Third Punic War, Rome demanded increasingly unreasonable demands from Carthage, culminating in asking them to take Carthage and push it somewhere else.

Hannibal's famous encirclement of eight legions at the battle of Cannae during the second Punic war was a variation on a similar tactic his father Hamilcar had used 40 years earlier against the Romans at sea during the first Punic war

Marcus Atilius Regulus. After being captured by Carthage during the First Punic War, he was paroled in order negotiate peace with Rome. Upon returning to Rome, he urged the senate to refuse the peace proposals and then returned to Carthage, honoring his parole. He was then tortured to death.

Hamilcar died when attempting to cross a river, but not before imparting on his son Hannibal a hatred of Rome.

The Carthaginians were excellent merchants like their Phoenician ancestors.

The longest war in history lasted over two millenia. The Third Punic War, fought between Rome and Carthage, didn't officially end until 1985.

Carthage and Rome planed a peace treaty for the Third Punic war in 1985, lasting state of truce for 2321 years.

It was a Roman tradition to spread feed in front of chickens before a battle, and if they ate it meant you'd win, and vice versa. Before a battle in the First Punic War, when the chickens didn't eat, the leader threw them in the ocean, saying "Let them drink, since they don't wish to eat"

During the Punic wars, when Carthage was under siege by Barbarian catapults, the Barbarians would etch letters onto the stones they sent flying over the walls into Carthage. Those who got hit had snarky little messages imprinted on their bodies; things like like “Catch!” and “I deserved it”.

The Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage (which began in 218 BC) didn't officially end until a symbolic peace treaty was signed by the mayors of the two cities . . . in 1985.