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War in outer space: Nature and impact of the roman war effort in Spain, 218–197 BCE

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This chapter argues that both the geographical conditions and the extent of the Spanish theatre of war would deeply affect the nature and impact of the Roman presence in Spain, and this not only during the Second Punic War and its immediate aftermath, but also for the following two centuries. It clarifies the overall constitutional framework of the Roman presence in Spain from 217 to 197 BCE. The chapter focuses on the scope of the constitutive popular laws, the authority of the Senate with respect to the decision-making in the popular assemblies and the commanders in the field, and a few important aspects of the settlement of 198/197. It also scrutinizes the war economy policies applied by the Roman commanders, in particular with respect to the overall management of the war effort and its consequences for the armies and civil populations that were involved either directly or indirectly.

Keywords: Roman commanders; Second Punic War; Spanish theatre; war economy policies

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