The Roman Wars in Spain
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Why did the Roman conquest of the Iberian peninsula take almost 200 years? Varga combines evidence from Greek and Roman writers with recent archaeological research to analyse local fighters’ tactics and the Roman response to the challenges of guerilla warfare in the region’s rugged terrain. His research reveals that Spanish armies were more sophisticated than often thought and that the Romans’ setbacks in these campaigns played an important role in shaping the invading legions into a more effective force.