The Romans in Spain, 217 B.C.-A.D. 117

The Romans in Spain, 217 B.C.-A.D. 117

The Romans in Spain, 217 B.C.-A.D. 117

The Romans in Spain, 217 B.C.-A.D. 117

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Spain was among the oldest, and long remained one of the most valuable, of the Roman provinces, and it is therefore all the more remarkable that English historians have not hitherto set themselves the task of describing the development of Roman Spain in continuous narrative. In the following short and, for the most part, general survey I have attempted to make good the deficiency, being convinced that the time is ripe (if not overdue) for the interpretation and re-exposition of the many profound studies of Roman Spain which have lately been made by scholars in other countries -- and particularly by Professor Adolf Schulten and Professor Pedro Bosch Gimpera. To their publications, cited so frequently in the pages which follow, I have been constantly indebted; and to them my gratitude must be expressed. It was a matter of regret to me that Vol. IV of their invaluable Fontes Hispaniæ Antiquæ reached me only after my manuscript had been completed.

The notes to the book, which are occasionally of a full and critical character, have been collected together at the end, thus leaving the main body of the book tidy and compact for the more general reader who is concerned rather with clear outlines than with detailed criticism.

My sincere thanks are due to Mr. Russell Meiggs, Fellow and Tutor of Balliol College, Oxford, for his great kindness in reading and criticising my whole manuscript, and helping me to remove errors of fact . . .

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