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Carthalo (Punic: 𐤒𐤓‬𐤕‬𐤇‬𐤋‬𐤑, QRTḤLṢ,[1] "Saved by Melqart";[2] Greek: Καρθάλων, Karthálōn;[2] died around 209 BC) was an officer in Hannibal's army during the Second Punic War.


Carthalo led the Numidian cavalry in a successful skirmish against Rome. Following the Battle of Cannae, Hannibal sent Carthalo to Rome as a peace envoy, his delegation included a number of Roman prisoners whom the Carthaginians hoped to ransom. However, the newly appointed Roman dictator M. Junius Pera sent a messenger to intercept Carthalo's delegation, telling them to leave by nightfall.

In 209 BC, Carthalo was serving as garrison commander of Tarentum, which had fallen to Hannibal three years earlier, when Q. Fabius Maximus Verrucosus led a Roman force to retake the settlement. In the ensuing battle, when defeat seemed inevitable, Carthalo laid down his arms with the intention of surrendering to Fabius but was killed before he could make contact.

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  • Geus, Klaus (1994), Prosopographie der Literarisch Bezeugten Karthager, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, Vol. 59, Studia Phoenica, No. 13, Leuven: Peeters. (in German)
  • Huss, Werner (1985), Geschichte der Karthager, Munich: C.H. Beck. (in German)
  • Lazenby, J.F. (1998), Hannibal's War, Oklahoma City: University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 70, 86, 88, 176, 237, 241, & 285, ISBN 0-8061-3004-0.