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Roman History, Volume IV Appian

Roman History, Volume IV By Appian

Roman History, Volume IV by Appian


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Appian (ca. AD 95-161) is a principal source for the history of the Roman Republic. His theme is the process by which Rome achieved her contemporary prosperity, and his method is to trace in individual books the story of each nation's wars with Rome up through her own civil wars. This Loeb edition replaces the original by Horace White (1912-13).

Roman History, Volume IV Summary

Roman History, Volume IV: Civil Wars, Books 1-2 by Appian

Appian (Appianus) is among our principal sources for the history of the Roman Republic, particularly in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, and sometimes our only source, as for the Third Punic War and the destruction of Carthage. Born circa AD 95, Appian was an Alexandrian official at ease in the highest political and literary circles who later became a Roman citizen and advocate. He died during the reign of Antoninus Pius (emperor 138-161).

Appian's theme is the process by which the Roman Empire achieved its contemporary prosperity, and his unique method is to trace in individual books the story of each nation's wars with Rome up through her own civil wars. Although this triumph of harmony and monarchy was achieved through characteristic Roman virtues, Appian is unusually objective about Rome's shortcomings along the way.

Of the work's original 24 books, only the Preface and Books 6-9 and 11-17 are preserved complete or nearly so: those on the Spanish, Hannibalic, African, Illyrian, Syrian, and Mithridatic wars, and five books on the civil wars.

This edition of Appian replaces the original Loeb edition by Horace White and provides additional fragments, along with his letter to Fronto.

Roman History, Volume IV Reviews

A superb, nuanced translation...It is not simply that McGing updates the translation to reflect contemporary idiom; he also breathes new life into Appian's prose on almost every page...This exceptionally well executed Loeb is a welcome resource that will be deeply appreciated by all those interested in Appian and his remarkable Roman History as well as expand his appeal to a new generation of readers.-Alain M. Gowing, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
I have not read any fictions that have more dramatic tension, philosophy, or narrative curiosities than this history of Appian's.-Pennsylvania Literary Journal

About Appian

Brian McGing is Regius Professor of Greek, Emeritus, at Trinity College Dublin.

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Roman History, Volume IV: Civil Wars, Books 1-2 by Appian
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Harvard University Press
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