The enemies If we look at the problem geographically (probably the easiest way) we start with two particular cases, Spain and Britain. The Iberian peninsula required no less than two centuries of fighting to complete its conquest. The natives were renowned for their fighting qualities, and Rome was to recruit many of them for its auxiliary units. Nevertheless, after Augustus peace seems to have been achieved, and the /egio VII Gemina probably watched over the mines in the north-west as much as it did over the men. In any case, with the sea behind them the men could not find safety anywhere else.