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  1. #1 Carthaginian child sacrifice 
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    In times of great stress, Carthaginian nobles would were said to sacrifice a child to fire in the name of the god Ba'al Hammon. Seeing as Carthage was a Phonecian colony, it is certainly plausible. Equally plausible is the simple fact that it was all Roman propaganda to make their Mediterranean rival look barbaric. Another thought however, is perhaps the nobles each sacrificed a child to ensure that each member of the upper-class was "sacrificing" equally, so to speak. In a city without a king, and only highly successful ruling families, is that simple theory one that should be considered?

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    Is pointless to speculate, since, as okamido points out, Carthaginians are unable to provide other side of story. Modern observers will note that tendency to demonize geopolitical rivals is not confined to Classical Era. Barbaric stories even of Romans by Romans may be contaminated by factionalism.

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