Definition of Punic Wars in English:

Punic Wars

proper noun

  • Three wars between Rome and Carthage, which led to the unquestioned dominance of Rome in the western Mediterranean.

In the first Punic War (264–241 BC), Rome secured Sicily from Carthage and established herself as a naval power; in the second (218–201 BC), the defeat of Hannibal (largely through the generalship of Fabius Cunctator and Scipio Africanus) put an end to Carthage's position as a Mediterranean power; the third (149–146 BC) ended in the total destruction of the city of Carthage