José Manuel Roldán Hervás holds a degree in Classical Philology from the University of Salamanca, where he received his doctorate in 1968. He expanded his studies in Germany. In 1974 he obtained the Chair of Ancient History of the University of Granada and in 1988 the University of Salamanca. Since 1992 he has been professor of this specialty at the Complutense University; He is also a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a member of the scientific committees of a dozen specialized journals.
His scientific work has focused on the history of Rome, in particular the study of Roman roads in Hispania, the army and the political and social history of Rome and the Iberian Peninsula in antiquity. Among his published works are Hispania and the Roman army, Itineraria Hispania, History of Rome I: The Roman Republic; II: The Roman Empire, Roman Imperialism and Caesars, published with great success by this publishing house. He has directed the SALAMANCA History of Antiquity, in six volumes, and the Akal Dictionary of Hispanic Antiquity, which has counted in its drafting with the participation of half a hundred specialists from different Spanish universities.