When Rome conquered Carthage at the end of the Third Punic War, Scipio took possession of the city’s libraries and great troves of books. He wrote back to the Roman Senate, asking what was to be done with them. The senators regarding but a single book as being worth translating into Latin, an agricultural manual by Mago. The rest was to be given away to Numidian princelings. Today, even this small piece of Punic literature has been lost to us forever.