Appian: Wars of the Romans in Iberia


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Appian wrote his Roman History in the second century AD as a series of books arranged geographically to chronicle the rise of the Roman Empire. His Iberike, of which this is the first translation with historical commentary in English, deals with the Romans' wars in the Iberian peninsula from the third to the first centuries BC. It is the only continuous source for much of the history of this crucial period in one of the earliest regions of Rome's imperial expansion, and so fills in the gap made by the loss of Livy's later books. He describes the major campaigns of the conquest from the defeat of the Carthaginians by Scipio Africanus, the wars against the Celtiberians, the war against the Lusitanians under Viriathus and the siege of Numantia. The value of the text is not merely as a chronicle of otherwise obscure events, Appian was an historian who deserves to be studied in his own right. This scholarly edition presents the Greek text with facing-page English translation, accompanied by an introduction, historical commentary and copious notes.

'Richardson has produced an edition which should indeed add impetus to the welcome upsurge of interest in this intriguing period and a writer who, as Richardson puts it, "has more to be said for him than has always been acknowledged". [It] throws a welcome light upon Appian's recurring themes and concerns as a historiographer.'
Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2001.08.36

Author Information

John Richardson was appointed to the first chair of Classics at the University of Edinburgh in 1987, which he held until he retired in 2002; he has held an honorary professorship at the University of Durham since 2003. He is a leading authority on Roman Spain, and his many books and articles include ‘The Romans in Spain’ (Blackwell), and ‘The Language of Empire: Rome and the Idea of Empire from the Third Century BC to the Second Century AD’ (Cambridge University Press).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Title Page2
Copyright Page3
1. Places to illustrate Appian's Iberike8
2. Approximate extent of the provinces8
3. Some tribes mentioned by Appian9
The author10
Appian's Roman History11
The structure of the Wars in Iberia12
Appian as a historian13
The establishment of the text16
This edition and commentary18
Notes to the introduction19
Appian: Iberike Greek Text and English Translation22