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Why were the Punic Wars important for Rome?
Rome's victories in the Punic Wars against Carthage were important for several reasons. A short list of the value of its successes are:
* Carthage was removed as any possible threat to the security of Rome. Carthage was literally destroyed;
* Spain and areas in North Africa were then "occupied" by Rome. Spain was rich in precesses
metals, iron ore and timber;
* Based on its conflict with Carthage, Rome's war fleet was a power to be reckoned with;
* Rome's capacity to rebound from terrible defeats at the hands of Hannibal were clearly enforced. This included the historical defeat of Rome at the Battle of Cannae;
* All of Rome's allies and satellite cities remained in Rome's sphere of influence; and
* Historians cite the demise of Carthage and the rise of the Roman Republic to empire status as the linchpin for further expansion. Rome now controlled the vast expanse of the western Mediterranean Sea.
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In the Punic Wars, Rome and its allies fought Carthage and its allies.
It controlled North Africa and the western Mediterranean
Rome fought Carthage in the Punic wars. Rome won.
Trick question - Rome was a republic. It did not have an emperor at that time - two consuls were the senior magistrates.
The war was fought between Rome and Carthage. Basically the 3 wars resulted in the destruction of Carthage and the Romans gained the territories of Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, …Africa and also Spain. In short it played a major role in the expansion of the roman empire
Rome was the victor in all three Punic Wars.
Rome, as a minor power until the 3rd Century BCE, had been happy to have Carthage as an intermittent ally as it had a powerful war fleet, which Rome did not. This was particul…alry so during the war with King Pyhrrus of Epirus when the latter invaded Italy and Sicily. After Pyrhrrus had been seen off, it came back to the separate ambitions of both Rome and Carthage. Rome spread its influence through the Italian peninsula, and was invited by Greek cities in Sicily to help in resisting Carthaginian takeover of the island. Carthage also was extending its influence along the Spanish coast. The first Punic (Carthagininian) War was fought between Rome and Carthage to resolve this competition. The second was an inevitable result of Rome's continued rise as a power and expansion along the western Mediterranean coast, resulting in first Hannibal's invasion of Italy and then Rome's counter-invasion of North Africa and the defeat of Carthage. After that defeat, Rome imposed crippling financial payments on Carhtage, designed to keep it impotent for 50 years, as Carthage had relied on mercenary forces. Carthage was such a good trader that it paid off the debt within 10 years, so Rome encouraged its allied North African kings to attack Carthage, declared Carthage's defence against them as an attack on its allies, and destroyed the city to get rid of a dangerous competitor forever.
They fought for commercial dominance in the western Mediterranean .
The war was fought between Rome and Carthage. Basically, the 3 wars resulted in the destruction of Carthage and the Romans gained the territories of Sicily, Sardinia, Cors…ica, Africa and also Spain. In short, it played a major role in the expansion of the Roman Empire.
The Punic wars, especially the second one, could be loosely said to have started the Roman empire. At first things went badly for Rome, but the Romans reached down and came ba…ck to ultimately defeat Hannibal. With this resurrection of the army Rome was able to control the territories won from Carthage and to win the punitive war against Macedon. Rome gained territory in all these ventures and the empire was begun. I'll add a few more comments here. I missed the chance to recommend a trust point however. Anyway, another impact was the increase in wealth for Rome extracted by treaty with Carthage in the first 2 victories by Rome. The Punic wars also emphasized the importance of having a strong navy to protect Rome's trading ventures. The surprise attack by Hannibal reminded Rome to always be aware of an attack from the least expected places and it showed to Rome that a "citizen" based military was at that time a better mechanism for war then the Carthage mercenary method.
The basis of their Empire - dominance of the Western Mediteranean Sea, and entry into the Hellenistic Kingdoms in the east.
Rome fought Carthage in all of the three Punic Wars. Rome and Carthage fought over rising conflicts between the Carthaginian Empire and the Republic of Rome. Rome's win ov…er Carthage during the third and the final Punic War, resulted as them becoming the undisputed power in the region.
Rome fought the city of Carthage in the Punic Wars.
After the First Punic War, Rome took over the Carthaginian territories in western Sicily and controlled the whole of Sicily and the small islands around it. She also took adva…ntage of Carthage having to deal with a rebellion of her mercenaries to also seize , Sardinia and Corsica from Carthage. In the Second Punic War, Rome took over the Carthaginian territories in southern Spain after defeating the Carthaginians there. Carthage also lost the support of their allies and next door neighbours, the Numidians of Algeria, who defected to Rome. At this point Rome dominated the western basin of the Mediterranean. In the Third Punic War, Rome destroyed Carthage and took over her remaining territories, Tunisia, her homeland, and western Libya.
The Phoenician city-state Carthage, located in today's Tunisia.
Rome intervened in Sicily to help mercenaries (the Mamertines) who had seized the city of Messana, (Messina, in the northeast, on the strait which separates the island fro…m the mainland) who were attacked by Syracuse, the most powerful of the Greek city-states in the east and south of the island. The Carthaginians worried about the safety of their four ports in western Sicily and mobilised for war with Rome.