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Xanthippus of Carthage

300 BC - 300 BC

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Xanthippus (Ancient Greek: Ξάνθιππος) of Lacedaemon, or of Carthage (fl. 255–245 BC), was a Spartan mercenary general employed by Carthage during the First Punic War. He led the Carthaginian army to considerable success against the Roman Republic during the course of the war, training the army to a professional standard before defeating the Romans at the Battle of Tunis, where Carthaginian forces routed the Roman expeditionary force and captured the Roman consul Marcus Atilius Regulus in 255 BC. Diodorus says that Xanthippus was the leader of a small band of Spartan mercenaries drafted by Carthage during the war. Xanthippus was hired as a Spartan drillmaster by the Carthaginians in 255 BC. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Xanthippus of Carthage has received more than 189,386 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Xanthippus of Carthage is the 876th most popular military personnel (down from 755th in 2019), the 417th most popular biography from Greece (down from 387th in 2019) and the 31st most popular Greek Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Xanthippus of Carthage ranks 876 out of 1,468Before him are Marcellin Marbot, Bruno Loerzer, Mario Terán, Hellmuth Stieff, Karel Doorman, and Radko Dimitriev. After him are Alexander Haig, Artabazos I of Phrygia, Wolfgang Lotz, Oskar von Hutier, Al-Muhallab ibn Abi Sufra, and Edward Vernon.

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Among people born in 300 BC, Xanthippus of Carthage ranks 33Before him are Marcus Minucius Rufus, Sextus Aelius Paetus Catus, Prusias II of Bithynia, Gaius Laelius, Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus, and Laodice III. After him are Quintus Fulvius Flaccus, Hermippus of Smyrna, Demetrius of Pharos, Lucius Cornelius Scipio, Laodice I, and Mithridates II of Pontus. Among people deceased in 300 BC, Xanthippus of Carthage ranks 19Before him are Gaius Duilius, Gnaeus Flavius, Aristo of Chios, Diodorus Cronus, Appius Claudius Caudex, and Aristyllus. After him are Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, Asclepiades of Samos, Cleitarchus, Hermippus of Smyrna, Hecataeus of Abdera, and Publius Claudius Pulcher.

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Among people born in Greece, Xanthippus of Carthage ranks 417 out of 936Before him are Phoebe (50), Callimachus (-500), Yanis Varoufakis (1961), Joseph II of Constantinople (1360), Erinna (-400), and Hermarchus (-325). After him are Asclepigenia (400), Manuel Kantakouzenos (1326), Asclepiades of Samos (-320), Antonis Samaras (1951), Dinarchus (-361), and Clearchus of Sparta (-401).


Among military personnels born in Greece, Xanthippus of Carthage ranks 31Before him are Peucestas (-390), Iphicrates (-415), Peithon (-355), Callicratidas (-500), Cleombrotus (-600), and Markos Botsaris (1790). After him are Clearchus of Sparta (-401), Dimitrios Loundras (1885), Georgios Karaiskakis (1780), Gylippus (-500), Dimitrios Ioannidis (1923), and Chabrias (-500).