Roman History, Volume IV: Civil Wars, Books 1-2 - Appian (Hardcover)

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Barcode
9780674997295
Department
Books
Released
9 Jun 2020
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Brian Mcging (Editor)
Brian Mcging (Translator)
Subtitle
Civil Wars
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Harvard Univ Pr
Series
Loeb Classical Library
Volume
4
Language
English
Number of Pages
400
Dimensions
162 x 108mm

Summary

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.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Literary Criticism
BISAC Subject 1
Literary Criticism / Ancient & Classical
BISAC Subject 2
History / Ancient / Rome
Dewey Classification
809