Archive for the ‘carthage’ Category
Here’s a thing I learnt today: the name of the city of Carthage has a semitic origin. Obviously, since it was founded by Phoenicians (aka Punic), this makes sense. The Phoenician form is Qart-ḥadašt which those of you who know Hebrew will recognise as similar to kiriath-ḥadaš, or ‘new city’.
I also learned that the normal answer to the question, ‘Who is the most famous Carthaginian?’ is Hannibal. Not Dido, which is what I said. I guess it depends whether you’re more interested in romantic tragedy, or wars fought with elephants.