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Appian (Appianus) was once a Greek reliable of Alexandria. He observed the Jewish uprising of 116 CE, and later turned a Roman citizen and suggest and got the rank of eques (knight). In his older years he held a procuratorship. He died through the reign of Antoninus Pius who used to be emperor 138–161 . sincere admirer of the Roman empire even though blind to the associations of the sooner Roman republic, he wrote, within the uncomplicated 'common' dialect, 24 books of 'Roman affairs', actually conquests, from the beginnings to the days of Trajan (emperor 98–117 CE). 11 have come right down to us entire, or approximately so, particularly these at the Spanish, Hannibalic, Punic, Illyrian, Syrian, and Mithridatic wars, and 5 books at the Civil Wars. they're necessary files of army history.

The Loeb Classical Library version of Appian is in 4 volumes.

This isn't really on hand on Gutenberg for a few cause, nor available for simple obtain through google. I positioned this booklet jointly to rectify that.

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Expédition qui fut menée avec célérité au cours de l’année 67 av. ; et amorça la fortune politique du proconsul, mais qui finalement ne désamorça pas l’intrépidité des pirates qui réapparurent quelques années plus tard au moment des guerres civiles entre Octave et Antoine. p ar la loi. Source aussi de ravitaillement en esclaves frais, la terrible coutume romaine qui voulait que le père de famille eût sur ses enfants à leur naissance un droit de vie e t de mort. De nombreux nouveau-nés étaient exposés c’està-dire abandonnés, e t devenaient les esclaves de ceux qui les recueillaient.

Le Sénat rendit alors un décret, d’après lequel aucun allié de condition libre ne devait servir comme esclave dans les provinces et les préteurs furent chargés de l’exécution de ce décret 3‘. )) Cette sage mesure f u t vite rapportée, sous la pression des propriétaires contraints de rendre la liberté à leurs esclaves. On verra plus loin quelles furent les conséquences catastrophiques de cette reprise de la parole donnée et de cette distorsion faite à la plus élémentaire justice. Violence, guerre, piraterie, dettes, tous ces moyens brutaux destinés à (( faire )) des esclaves ne sont pas sans risques ni sans irrégularités.

Ce fourmillement d’esclaves dont la seule énumération donne le vertige inquiète plus d’un Romain lucide ou xénophobe : (( Si un essaim d’abeilles, écrit Cicéron, s’était abattu sur la scène pendant les jeux, nous croirions devoir appeler les auspices de l’Étrurie; aujourd’hui nous voyons ces essaims d’esclaves lâchés tout à coup jusque dans l’enceinte du peuple romain, e t nous ne sommes point émus 213 D Et Pline l’Ancien constate qu’on n’est plus maître chez soi : ((Aujourd’hui il faut sceller avec l’anneau les aliments e t les boissons pour prévenir les vols.

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