The Second Punic War – History of the Roman Empire – Part 4
By the second half of the 3rd century BC, relations between Rome and Carthage were subpar to put it lightly. The First Punic War had severed the friendship they once shared and the damage seemed permanent; even though the first clash between these former allies wasn’t initially about either of them. In fact, it began after a dispute between Messina and Syracuse that pulled Rome in on the side of Messina and Carthage on the side of Syracuse.
This eventually led to the all-out war that occurred between the two growing regional powers, and it ended with a decisive but hard-earned victory for Rome; and the island of Sicily becoming a province of the victors’, having up until that point belonged to Carthage.
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