Punic Wars: Third Punic War

The Third Punic War, 149–146 BC, originated, like the others, in a deliberate Roman aggression, the result of agitation by Cato the Elder for the destruction of Carthage. Charging Carthage with a technical breach of treaty in resisting the encroachment of the Numidian king Masinissa (a Roman ally), Rome declared war and blockaded the city. Carthage never surrendered. The younger Scipio ( Scipio Africanus Minor ) conquered it, house by house, and sold the surviving inhabitants into slavery. The city was razed and its site plowed up.

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