The Coin of Carthage

By Bryher
Read by Nadia May

6.53 Hours 02/01/1997 unabridged
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The war that began in 218 BC with Hannibal’s march across the Alps is one of the familiar stories of history, but its details are little known. A struggle between an emerging barbarian power and an old culture, it pitted a Roman army of mostly farmers against the highly trained officers of Carthage. Hannibal’s empire, founded on her control of the sea, would lose the fight against the Romans’ new methods of naval warfare. Only through the wit of their beloved leader would the Carthaginians recover economically from the war, but internal strife would drive Hannibal to exile and eventually to suicide. Brilliantly evoking the world of the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War, Bryher creates a common man’s view of the greatest struggle in which ancient Rome engaged through the lives of two Greek traders.

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Summary

Summary

The war that began in 218 BC with Hannibal’s march across the Alps is one of the familiar stories of history, but its details are little known. A struggle between an emerging barbarian power and an old culture, it pitted a Roman army of mostly farmers against the highly trained officers of Carthage. Hannibal’s empire, founded on her control of the sea, would lose the fight against the Romans’ new methods of naval warfare. Only through the wit of their beloved leader would the Carthaginians recover economically from the war, but internal strife would drive Hannibal to exile and eventually to suicide.

Brilliantly evoking the world of the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War, Bryher creates a common man’s view of the greatest struggle in which ancient Rome engaged through the lives of two Greek traders.

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Editorial Reviews

“The thick dust of history and change that hides the people of the Roman Empire from us acts for Bryher like a dark tunnel intensifying the brilliant scene beyond.” Christian Science Monitor

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Author Bio: Bryher

Bryher (1894–1983) was the pen name of the novelist, poet, and magazine editor Annie Winifred Ellerman. During the 1920s, Bryher was an unconventional figure in Paris; Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Beach, and Berenice Abbott were all in her circle of friends. Her wealth enabled her to give financial support to struggling writers, including Joyce and Edith Sitwell; she also financed a number of publishing ventures and started a film company, Pool Group.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 6.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English