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Headword: Appianos
Adler number: alpha,3198
Translated headword: Appianos, Appianus, Appian
Vetting Status: high
Proper name.
This Appian wrote a Roman history, the one called "Imperial". And the first three books of Appian include what was done by the Romans while they were still struggling with the Italians concerning rule and hegemony.[1] Whatever other things the Kelts and Libyans did and suffered in Italy, and whatever part of Italy passed over to them by necessity or treachery or error, these events are told in the books on the Kelts and Libyans.[2] Separate books were composed to narrate how Italy was divided in the civil uprisings of the Romans.[3] The fourth book contains in combination the wars with the Kelts (that is the Germans who are around the Rhine river) and the Galatians (that is the Gauls) and their causes, both whatever treaties and violations of treaties or rebellions of the Kelts came about up to the time of Gaius.[4] But whatever the Kelts did not for their own reasons but fighting in alliance with some of the Italians or as mercenaries, these deeds are written in the books concerning those people. And Appian mentions only enough for identification of them. He wrote Roman history in 9 books.
But some write "Apianos" with one p.[5]
Greek Original:
Appianos: onoma kurion. houtos ho Appianos egrapse Rhômaïkên historian, tên kaloumenên Basilikên. kai hai men g# bibloi Appianou hai prôtai perilambanousin hosa Rhômaiois agônizomenois es Italiôtas eti peri archês kai hêgemonias eprachthê. hosa d' amphi tên Italian alla Keltoi te kai Libues edrasan te kai epathon, kai ei ti pou kai tês Italias meros anankais ê enedrais ê planais es autous metetheto, en tois peri Keltôn kai Libuôn. sungegraptai d' eph' heautôn hosa kai es tas emphulious Rhômaiôn staseis hê Italia diêireito. hoti tous pros Keltous, toutesti Germanous, hoi amphi ton Rhênon potamon eisi, kai tous Galatas, toutesti Gallous, polemous, kai tas aitias autôn, hosai te sunthêkai kai sunthêkôn parabaseis ê epanastaseis egenonto Keltôn heôs epi tou Gaïou, hê d# biblos periechei sullabousa. ei de ti pou Keltoi mê kata prophasin oikeian, alla summachountes Italôn tisin ê misthophorountes epraxan, en tois peri ekeinôn sungegraptai. kai hoson eis gnôrisma monon autôn memnêtai Appianos. egrapse de Rhômaïka logous ennea. hoi de dia tou henos p graphousin Apianos.
Appian was born in Alexandria (Egypt) at the end of the first century AD, but later moved to Rome, where he became a Roman citizen and died in the 160s. He wrote -- in Greek -- a history of Republican and early-imperial Roman conquests, ethnographically arranged and in 24 books, of which about half survive. His work is important to historians partly because of the range of sources he used (some of them now lost, such as Hieronymus of Cardia).
For the central and principal part of this entry cf. Photius, Bibliotheca cod.57.
[1] Book 1: early Rome, the period of the kings; books 2: the Italians; book 3: the Samnites.
[2] Book 8 deals with the Carthaginians (Libyans and Nomads), but Hannibal is in book 7.
[3] Books 13-17 concern the Civil Wars.
[4] Book 4 treated the Kelts. ("Gaius" is Caligula, emperor 37-41.)
[5] This form is otherwise attested only in a Demosthenic scholion, where (surely) it refers to someone else.
OCD(4) p.126 (by Kai Brodersen, summarizing his survey in ANRW 2.34.1 (1993) 339-63)
Gregory S. Bucher, "The Origins, Program, and Composition of Appian's Roman History," TAPhA 130 (2000) 411-458
Keywords: biography; chronology; definition; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 January 2001@21:06:16.
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David Whitehead (cosmetics; raised status) on 24 January 2001@03:49:06.
David Whitehead (more notes; cosmetics) on 30 March 2012@06:51:11.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@07:55:22.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 17 March 2015@09:37:26.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note) on 18 March 2015@03:53:03.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 13 September 2015@19:42:08.
David Whitehead (note typo) on 14 September 2015@02:42:59.


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