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Appian: Wars of the Romans in Iberia$
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Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687198

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687198.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Aris and Phillips Classical Texts

J. S. Richardson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter talks about Appian's Wars of the Romans in Iberia or the Iberike, which is an ambitious attempt to chronicle the whole of the Roman Empire. It points out how Appian has been treated as a source of historical information and as a means of access to the lost works of earlier historians. It also explores Iberike as one of Appian's twenty-four books that provides the only continuous narrative of important sections of Roman history. The chapter details Appian's coherent account of the Roman wars in Spain and Portugal from their arrival at the beginning of the Hannibalic wars in 218 BC down to the capture of the Celtiberian city of Numantia in 133 BC. It examines Appian as a man of his own times, whose ideas provided a distinctive way for the history of Rome and its empire to be written.

Keywords:   Appian, Wars of the Romans in Iberia, Iberike, Roman history, Hannibalic wars, Celtiberian city, Roman Empire

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