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Hamilcar was a traditional name among the ruling families of Carthage. A Hamilcar led the Carthaginian forces at the Battle of Himera in 480 BC. Another Hamilcar, grandson to Hanno the Great, led a campaign against Syracuse between 311 BC and 307 BC, before being captured and killed. Hamilcar Barca was Carthage's general during the First Punic War, and was the father of Hannibal, the famed general of the Second Punic War.