ASOR Punic Project/Gary Pratico

ON THE COVER: Sometime between 600 and 200 B.C. a mother and father in Carthage erected this monument over the buried remains of their child, a live sacrifice to the gods of the ancient city. The triangle topped with extended lines and a circle (here partially broken off) together form the artistic symbol of one of these gods, Tanit. In “Child Sacrifice at Carthage—Religious Rite or Population Control?” authors Lawrence E. Stager and Samuel R. Wolff ponder the origins and describe the extent of this barbarous practice. Photo by ASOR Punic Project/Gary Pratico.