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Appian (c. 95-c. 165 AD) was a Greek historian from Alexandria in Egypt who was writing in the mid-second century AD, during the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. He is chiefly known for his sole surviving, and extensive, work, the Roman History (or Romaika), an account of the Roman Empire composed in twenty-four books, only parts of which are extant.

Relatively little is known about Appian himself. At the end of the prologue to the Roman History, he includes a brief autobiographical note:

Who I am, who have written these things, many indeed know, and I have already indicated. To speak more plainly I am Appian of Alexandria, a man who have reached the highest place in …

Citation: Corrigan, Kirsty. "Appian". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2017 [, accessed 03 March 2021.]

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