Had Carthage defeated Rome in the Punic Wars, would it have created a massive Mediterranean Empire just like the Romans did?

VHS

Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
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Florania
Carthage would not create an empire but trade ports like what the Portuguese did in Asia and Africa. Carthage wanted money, not territory. We would probably have had the America’s discovered much earlier as the Phoenicians knew how to circumnavigate Africa and would only be a matter before they accidentally find South America and decide to explore it for more money opportunities
Carthage occupied and expanded in Northern Africa and part of Iberia, and claiming that Carthage did not want to expand is moot.
Territorial, Carthage was about the size of the larger Warring States; its population and warring capacity might be significantly lower.
If the account was current, even the weakest and smallest of the Warring States, State of Han, had several million in population and
more than 100,000 in standing army.
Could Carthage be considerably weaker than the State of Han?
 

johnincornwall

Ad Honorem
Nov 2010
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Cornwall
Carthage occupied and expanded in Northern Africa and part of Iberia, and claiming that Carthage did not want to expand is moot.
Territorial, Carthage was about the size of the larger Warring States; its population and warring capacity might be significantly lower.
If the account was current, even the weakest and smallest of the Warring States, State of Han, had several million in population and
more than 100,000 in standing army.
Could Carthage be considerably weaker than the State of Han?
Tenuous connection at best!

Carthage didn't really want to 'expand' into Iberia, they sort of milked it. For resources (food, minerals) including men. Sort of symbiotic relationship soured periodically by the brutality of the Carthaginians. A lot of their local troops were friends whilst Hannibal's (and predecessors) army was nearby, but seemed to change opinion when the Romans were closer.