To be Taken with a Pinch of Salt: The Destruction of Carthage

  title={To be Taken with a Pinch of Salt: The Destruction of Carthage},
  author={Ronald T. Ridley},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={140 - 146}
  • R. Ridley
  • Published 1 April 1986
  • History
  • Classical Philology
Thus G. Picard, one of the great specialists on Carthage.' It seems that this sowing of the ruins of Carthage with salt, apparently as a symbol of its total destruction and perhaps as a means of ensuring the soil's infertility, is a tradition in Roman history well known to most students. When, however, one comes to seek the source, it seems elusive. One would turn first to the most important, Polybius. This eyewitness account is unfortunately known only in fragmentary condition (38. 19-22). He… 
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