Appian: Wars of the Romans in Iberia

Edited with an introduction, translation and commentary by J. S. Richardson

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ISBN: 9780856687204

Publication: October 1, 2000

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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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.

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).

 1. Places to illustrate Appian's Iberike
 2. Approximate extent of the provinces
 3. Some tribes mentioned by Appian
 The author Appian’s Roman History
 The structure of the Wars in Iberia
 Appian as a historian
 The establishment of the text
 This edition and commentary
 Notes to the introduction

'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

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 × 149 mm

192 Pages

5 maps

Copyright: © 2000

ISBN: 9780856687204

Publication: October 1, 2000

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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