The first Punic War ( 264-241 BC) was won by the Romans. This gave them control of Sicily. In the second Punic War (218- 201 BC) Rome had to deal with Hannibal. He fought 14 years of war in Italy against Rome and he always won. Rome was not attacked by him and eventually Hannibal was recalled by Cartago. The Romans defeated the Cartagers in Africa and made a good peace.