2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Carthage Did Not Die: Response
Kelly R. Tharp♦
Prof. Martha L. Rose, Faculty Mentor

Understanding Carthaginian history beyond viewing Carthage as an object of Roman destruction necessitates interdisciplinary work. These three papers emphasize the realities of trade, gender, and daily life, none of which is as glamorous as the Destruction in 146 BC. In this session, we see methods of quantitative archaeology, feminist theory, and Classical literary criticism in use. Three themes stand out that are absent in the written historical record: the theme of trade and how it shaped the demography of Carthage and nearby islands, the timeless tale of dangerous female power, first seen in the Legend of Gilgamesh, and the transformation of Carthage into a seaside resort under the Hellenophile Hadrian. Taken together, these three themes are reminders that the Roman promise Carthago delenda est was indeed carried out, but from a Carthaginian perspective, this was one event of many over its long history.

Keywords: archaeology, interdisciplinary, feminist theory, Hadrian/Antinoos, historiography, Carthage, Gilgamesh, Sicily

Topic(s):Carthage Did Not Die - Phi Alpha Theta History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 204-4
Location: MG 1090
Time: 10:15

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