Hasdrubal I of Carthage

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Hasdrubal I
King of Carthage
Reign 530 BCE to 510 BCE
Predecessor Mago I of Carthage
Successor Hamilcar I of Carthage
Dynasty Magonids

Hasdrubal I of Carthage was the Magonid king of Ancient Carthage, a kingdom with its capital, Carthage, located in present-day Tunisia, from 530 to 510 BCE.


In the mid 520's, Hasdrubal, along with his brother Hamilcar I, launched an expedition against Sardinia.[1]

Hasdrubal was elected as "King" eleven times, was granted a triumph four times (the only Carthaginian to receive this honour - there is no record of anyone else being honoured to that extent by Carthage) and died of his battle wounds received in Sardinia.[2] Carthage had engaged in a 25-year struggle in Sardinia, where the natives may have received aid from Sybaris, then the richest city in Magna Graecia and an ally of the Phocaeans. The Carthaginians faced resistance from Nora and Sulci in Sardinia, while Carales and Tharros had submitted willingly to Carthaginian rule.[3] Hasdrubal’s war against the Libyans failed to stop the annual tribute payment.[4]

Around this time, the Carthaginians managed to defeat and drive away the colonisation attempt near Leptis Magna in Libya by the Spartan prince Dorieus after three years.[5] Dorieus was later defeated and killed at Eryx in Sicily (around 510 BCE) while attempting to establish a foothold in Western Sicily.[6]


  1. ^ Dyson, Stephen L.; Robert J. Rowland (2007). Archaeology and History in Sardinia from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages: Shepherds, Sailors, & Conquerors. UPenn Museum of Archaeology. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-934536-02-5. 
  2. ^ Justin, XIX, p 2
  3. ^ History of Nora
  4. ^ Lancel, Serge, Carthage A History, p 257, ISBN 1-57718-103-4
  5. ^ Lancel, Serge, Carthage A History, pp 91-93, ISBN 1-57718-103-4
  6. ^ Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, v. 2, page 354