Editor says, what if Carthagian Fleet Victorious at Aegates Islands? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality the Roman fleet destroyed the Carthaginians at the Aegates Islands. Cut off from supply, Hamilcar was forced to sue for peace. The terms were humiliating, and Carthage could not afford to pay its mercenaries, who revolted and nearly toppled the empire. Hamilcar again defeated them and began a campaign to expand Carthaginian power in Iberia, creating a force that his son, Hannibal, would lead into Italy itself in the Second Punic War. Eventually Rome defeated Carthage and then destroyed it fully in the Third Punic War (149-146 BC). Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.