The Ancient Carthaginians originated as a colony of the Phoeniciancity of Tyre in the first millennium BCE. According to AncientRoman sources, the city was founded by Queen Elissa (also known as”Dido”) and a group of colonists from Tyre around 814 BCE. Over thecentury the city would shed its mantle as a colony and become thefull fledged center of its own empire the “Punic Empire”, whicheventually fell after conflict with Ancient Rome.

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