The first of three series of conflicts between the rival great powers of Rome and Carthage. The war largely revolved around the control of Sicily, which ultimately fell into Roman hands.
Bouchard, Elsa. "First Punic War". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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