Are there any external accounts of the Romans? Roman historians wrote extensively about the peoples they conquered or interacted with, giving a fascinating insight into their lives from a Roman’s perspective. But how were Romans seen by others?

There’s not much to read, apart from the Greeks’ accounts. The peoples to the north were not literate; the Carthaginians did not do history, and their accounts would have been wiped anyway. The main other source of external accounts I could think of would be Persians; and nothing from the Sassanids survives, though some Persian accounts were based on their accounts. (Roman–Persian Wars – Wikipedia)

Answered 2017-05-13 · Upvoted by

Lyonel Perabo, B.A. in History. M.A in related field (Folkloristics)

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