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The Romans on the Riviera and the Rhone
W. H. Hall




Hannibal in the Rhone Valley


Hannibal's Passage of the Alps


Invasions of Cisalpine Gaul and Liguria by Hasdrubal and Mago


The Ligurians


Campaigns in Eastern Liguria


Conquest of the Ingauni at Albium Ingaunorum (Albenga)


Conquest of Transalpine Liguria, South of the Durance


Campaigns to the North of the Durance


Marius and the Cimbro-Teuton Invasion


The Battle of Aquae Sextiae


The Roman Province from Marius to Julius Caesar


The Provincia Romana in relation to Caesar's Gallic and Civil Wars


Siege and Blockade of Marseilles


Events of the year following the Assassination of Julius Caesar


Meeting of Antony and Lepidus on the River Argens


Via Aurelia — Aurelia proper, Aemilia Scauri


Via Aurelia — Julia Augusta


Via Aurelia (continued) — Sections 4 and 5


Technical Details

Edition Used

The edition followed in this transcription was a paperback reprint, Ares Publishers, Inc., Chicago, 1974: an "Unchanged Reprint of the Edition, London, 1898". Its author, William Henry Bullock Hall, died — on the Riviera — in 1904, more than 70 years ago, and the text is thus in the public domain.

Pagination and Local Links

For citation and indexing purposes, the pagination is shown in the right margin of the text at the page turns (like at the end of this line);p57 these are also local anchors. Sticklers for total accuracy will of course find the anchor at its exact place in the sourcecode.

In addition, I've inserted a number of other local anchors: whatever links might be required to accommodate the author's own cross-references, as well as a few others for my own purposes. If in turn you have a website and would like to target a link to some specific passage of the text, please let me know: I'll be glad to insert a local anchor there as well.


As almost always, I retyped the text by hand rather than scanning it — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with the work, an exercise which I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if successful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

My transcription has been minutely proofread. In the table of contents above, the sections are shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the text of them to be completely errorfree. As elsewhere onsite, the header bar at the top of each chapter's webpage will remind you with the same color scheme.

The printed book was well proofread; the few typographical errors are marked, when important, with a bullet like this;º and when trivial, with a dotted underscore like this: as elsewhere on my site, glide your cursor over the bullet or the underscored words to read the variant. Similarly, bullets before measurements provide conversions to metric, e.g., 10 miles.

A number of odd spellings, curious turns of phrase, etc. have been marked <!‑‑ sic ‑‑> in the sourcecode, just to confirm that they were checked.

Any other mistakes, please drop me a line, of course: especially if you have a copy of the printed book in front of you.

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