Photographer's Note

An outpost of the Phoenicians as far back as the 9th century BC, Carthage had evolved into the capital of the Carthaginian Empire by the 3rd century BC, and a serious rival to the Roman Empire for supremacy of the Mediterranean. It fought a series of three major wars against the Romans — Punic Wars I, II and III — in the 3rd and 2nd centuries, and it was in the Second Punic Wart that it came close to vanquishing its great rival.

The name Carthage immediately evokes the legend of one of the greatest military strategists in history, Hannibal Barca (247-ca 182 BC). Hannibal masterminded the invasion of Rome, by transporting his army — comprised of infantry, cavalry, and war elephants — by sea to Spain, then marching it over the Pyrenees and Alps into Rome. His forces won battle after battle against the Romans, and his brilliant strategy would have worked, except that the leaders in Carthage refused to help him when he was poised at the threshold of victory.

Syracuse a city state in Sicily had been allied to the Carthaginians when Rome invaded in 212 BC. As a physicist with a deep interest in the history of the subject, I had always known about the death of Archimedes in 212 BC at the hands of a Roman soldier. The man had not received orders not to harm the great mathematician/scientist/engineer, and commenced to stab him with his sword.

Until 2000 when I acquired my first digital camera, a Fujifilm FinePix 4700, I had always used analogue cameras — first a Nikon F, later a Nikon 2020, then a Nikon N90. The photos I took in Carthage represented my first experience with the new technology. For the next 2-3 years I went back and forth between analogue and digital, until I finally retired the former, becoming a slave of the latter.

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