"that Catalus who had triumphed over Hamilcar in the First Punic War"
The Carthaginian Empire during the Punic Wars with Rome
Public DomainThe Carthaginian Empire during the Punic Wars with Rome - Credit: Javierfv1212/Wikimedia Commons

The Punic Wars were the three wars fought by Rome against Carthage, a city of Phoenician origins on the coast of North Africa and the centre of a large maritime empire at this time. The First Punic War (246-241) began when Rome became sucked into the Sicilian quarrel in 264 BC when a group of Italian mercenaries in Messana asked for their protection. Hamilcar was a Carthaginian military leader in the war.