There is little doubt that the Romans benefited from their efforts in Spain, especially in their systematic exploitation of its natural resources. Were the economic advantages of Spain only apparent after the first half century of Roman occupation?
It is to that urbanization of empire and its curious offshoot of Romanization – with all of its positive and negative connotations – that this paper will be addressed and, specifically, the role of the Roman army in its transmission.
Good fiction imitates facts. Plato declared that his Atlantis tale is philosophical fiction invented to describe his fictitious ideal state in the case of war.