The punic wars triggered an era of astonishing human misfortune resulting from a mighty power struggle between the military confederation of rome and the trading empire of carthage between 264 241 bc 218 201 bc and 149 146 bc the wars were fought over a period of 118 years. The punic wars rome carthage and the struggle for the mediterranean user review not available book verdict the punic wars which lasted from 264 to 146 bc transformed rome from a small loosely aligned federation into a mediterranean superpower. Hist150 chapter 4 study the first punic war began with a struggle over a sicily in order to fight a war with carthage the romans b built a navy equipped with ships that enabled soldiers to board the enemy ships after the defeat of carthage in the second punic war rome fought several wars in the eastern mediterranean with an . Greek cities contested with carthage for the western mediterranean culminating in the sicilian wars and the pyrrhic war over sicily while the romans fought three wars against carthage known as the punic wars the fall of carthage came at the end of the third punic war in 146 bc at the battle of carthage
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