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Amilcar Barca or Barcas (c. 275 – 228 BC) was a Carthaginian general and statesman, leader of the Barcid family, and father of Hannibal, Hasdrubal and Mago. He was also father-in-law to Hasdrubal the Fair. The name Amilcar (Punic-Phoenician ḥmlqrt, "brother of Melqart") was a common name for Carthaginian men. The name brq (orbaraq) means "thunderbolt" in the Punic language and is thus equivalent to the epithet or cognomen Keraunos, common among many contemporary Greek commanders, and the Biblical general Barak. Amilcar Barca, Barca assumed command of the Carthaginian forces in Sicily during the last years of the First Punic War with Rome (264–241 BCE). Until the rise to power of his son Hannibal, Amilcar was the finest commander and statesman that Carthage had produced.
Nothing is known of Amilcar before he was given command of the Carthaginian forces in Sicily in 247 during the First Punic War. Amilcar was a common Punic name; in fact, another general of the same name preceded him in command. Barca was perhaps a family name, though more probably an epithet meaning “lightning.” By 247, when Amilcar took charge in Sicily, Carthage had lost to Rome all of its Sicilian possessions except Lilybaeum (now Marsala) and Drepanum (now Trapani). While harassing Roman troops with guerrilla tactics in western Sicily, Amilcar staged a landing on the north coast, capturing Mount Ercte (probably Pellegrino near Palermo), which he held in the face of determined Roman attempts to dislodge him (247–244). From that area he mounted naval expeditions against the shores of Sicily and southern Italy. He then left Ercte for Mount Eryx (modern Erice near Trapani), which he held until 241. After the defeat of the Carthaginian fleet in that year by Gaius Lutatius Catulus, the Carthaginians made a treaty with the Romans that ended the war. Amilcar bristled at the terms of the treaty, which obligated Carthage to pay Rome a huge indemnity and to surrender all land in Sicily. Thus, in 241, the First Punic War drew to a close with the establishment of a new imperial power in the West. It was the first chapter in the history of the Roman Empire.
Amilcar then returned to Africa, where his mercenary troops, long unpaid, revolted in what is known as the “Mercenaries War” (or “Truceless War”). Amilcar raised an army of 10,000 with Rome’s cooperation and battled the rebels for four years before recapturing his provinces in north Africa. Seizing upon Carthage’s weakness, Rome took the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, and, when an enraged Amilcar moved to respond, Rome increased the amount of the Carthaginian indemnity. Some of Amilcar’s anger at Rome was transferred to his son Hannibal, who—according to Polybius and Livy—swore eternal enmity against Rome. Amilcar’s victory over the mercenaries in 237 contributed to his growing political power in Carthage and led him to pursue territory in Spain as compensation for the losses to Rome. It is also possible that he had hoped to establish a future war chest with Spanish silver.
Amilcar spent nine years in Spain. With Hannibal and son-in-law Hasdrubal (the Handsome), he and an army of elephants and Phoenician and Numidian troops battled Iberian tribes, founded the city of Akra Leuke (modern Alicante), acquired huge quantities of Spanish silver bullion, and solidified new political and military alliances. In expanding his power to the European continent, Amilcar reinvigorated the Carthaginian Empire, regained needed resources, and prepared a base for renewing war against Rome, which his son Hannibal would famously do in the Second Punic War. The seeds of that conflict, called Hannibal’s War even in antiquity, were sown by Amilcar’s unforgiving and unyielding spirit against Rome and passed on to his sons, Hannibal, Hasdrubal, and Mago. Amilcar died in battle, most likely drowning in the Jucar River while besieging a place called Helice and trying to escape from a Celtiberian army.
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