Interesting Question of the Day – 22 Feb 2016

This scene is from the longest war in human history as far as we can determine.

punic war trivia

It FORMALLY ended in 1985, when a peace treaty was signed between the mayors of which two cities?  Also, to the nearest 1,000 years, how long did the war last?

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14 comments on “Interesting Question of the Day – 22 Feb 2016
  1. Ally says:

    It involves Italians doesn’t it?

    • iqtrivia says:

      Well, they may not have been called Italians when the war began.

      • Ally says:

        Ah ha! Clue!
        Romans… And for years I’m guessing at least 2000 years… Civil or with another nation though…. *ponders*

        • iqtrivia says:

          You are part of the way there.

          • Ally says:

            Your ability to successfully distract me from actually working is astounding! Kept it up! 🙂

            Just because it officially ended in 1985 doesn’t mean it actually continued for that length of time does it? Is it a well known war? Or some random civil dispute no one would have ever heard of?

          • iqtrivia says:

            There’s a reason that the word “formally” was written in capitals. It wasn’t actively being fought for all that time, but it never FORMALLY ended.

            Also, it’s a fairly well known war.

          • Ally says:

            Ok. So assuming its a conflict that ended those 2000 years ago but minus the official treaty it could be one of the civil wars…
            Or the Roman-Etruscan wars. Or one of the Punic Wars. Or one of the roman-Persia wars… If its not one of those I’m stumped.
            For well known itd stick to Punic maybe… Not everyone knows Etruscan or Persian wars…

  2. Ally says:

    And if it is Punic it’d have to be the third one as the second and third couldn’t have started as a separate war without there being a treaty for the first and second ones…

    • iqtrivia says:

      Third Punic War it is. Which would mean the two cities are…

      • Ally says:

        Carthage! aaaaand…
        Crap. It’ll come to me…

      • Ally says:

        All I can think of is Rome. Which I’m betting is wrong cause its the obvious…

        • iqtrivia says:

          Not it’s Rome. The mayor of Rome and the “mayor” of Carthage (which is held as a ceremonial title) signed a formal peace treaty amidst the ruins of Carthage in 1985, bringing the 2,134 year long war to an official conclusion.

          • Ally says:

            I know of people who can probably hold a grudge that long too…

            What Is curious though is why they felt the need for the official treaty? Especially after so long? Was it cause they wanted a tax write off?

          • iqtrivia says:

            I think it was a stunt more than anything.