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"Why Carthage Failed and Rome Succeeded"

The author, a history professor at UVa, decries what he sees as modern political correctness applied to the history of the Roman Republic.

It is a symptom of the deplorable state of intellectual life today that readers of this magazine can guess the lineaments of the story told in Hannibal the instant they read early in its pages that classical Carthage, the city on whose behalf the great captain of the title fought against Rome, was "diverse" and "multicultural."

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