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Roman Spain


Deprived of Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica after the First Punic War (264-241 BC), Carthage sought to expand her control of southern Spain.

These links are to the principal Roman sites in Spain and discuss those most likely to be of interest to the first-time visitor. Taken in May 2002, the pictures are selective, reflecting what is most impressive or historically significant. Thus, in a major Roman town such as Mérida or Tarragona, there may be pictures of aqueducts and bridges but not arches and forums. The listing is not exhaustive. Conimbriga, for example, the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Portugal, was not visited.

References: Spain: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (1998) by Roger Collins; Roman Spain (1988) by S. J. Keay; Roman Spain: Conquest and Assimilation (1991) by Leonard A. Curchin; The Romans in Spain (1996) by J. S. Richardson; Hispaniae: Spain and the Development of Roman Imperialism, 218-82 BC (1986) by J. S. Richardson.

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