Rome Behaving Badly - Talk by Brian McGing, Trinity College Dublin

Rome Behaving Badly: Appian’s Critique of Roman Imperialism During the Republic


Lecture by Brian McGing, Trinity College Dublin

 The 2nd century AD Greek historian, Appian of Alexandria, is usually thought of as ‘above all, an ardent admirer of Rome’ (Oxford Classical Dictionary). Although he says admiring things about the overall Roman imperial achievement, in his coverage of Rome’s conquests in the Republican period, Appian is at times directly and severely critical of Roman behaviour. Some of this he may get from his sources, but similar narrative patterns indicate that he had his own views on Rome’s often treacherous treatment of her enemies, and constructed his account accordingly. This paper will examine particularly Appian’s analysis of Roman diplomacy before the outbreak of the Third Punic War, the Third Macedonian War and the First Mithradatic war.

Monday, April 9, 2018

5:00 - 6:30 PM
HUMN 135

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Monday, April 9, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Eaton Humanities, HUMN 135
1610 Pleasant Street, Boulder, CO 80309

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