Cambridge Ancient History. The Rise of Rome to 220 BC by F. W. Walbank

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By F. W. Walbank

This quantity of the second one version of The Cambridge historic historical past lines the historical past of Rome from its origins to the eve of the second one Punic warfare. It starts with a survey of resources for early Roman heritage. An exam of the 1st discernible lines of the Bronze Age cost is via an review of the regal interval. The complicated and infrequently debatable historical past of the early republic is analyzed on the subject of its inner improvement, the evolution of its relationships with the Latins, and its ruthless attacks upon a variety of elements of Italy. Later sections talk about the intervention of Pyrrhus and its aftermath which results in attention of Rome's relationships with Carthage, the 1st Punic struggle, and the beginnings of abroad empire.

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C. (p. 308). They do, however, bear testimony to the cultural affinity of early Rome with its Etruscan and Latin neighbours. , p. 187). 24 But see p. 12 n. 41. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 l6 I. THE SOURCES FOR EARLY ROMAN HISTORY Etruscan families settling permanently in Rome (as at Ardea or Satricum), in Etruscan political and religious institutions being adopted and in Etruscan art being welcomed for all its aesthetic beauty. By contrast, so far the fourth and early third centuries have produced little significant archaeological material, either inside Rome or outside.

Timaeus certainly included the foundation of the city, explained (in the supplement) at least one of its rituals thereby and, in a highly controversial fragment,29 referred to a 'monetary' reform of Servius Tullius. 30 For most such material, however, he would have been reliant ultimately on local traditions, presumably those subsequently available to Roman historians, and although Fabius Pictor and others probably knew and used his work, its ultimate basis would largely coincide with theirs. Few documentary sources can have survived from the regal period (cf.

Thus the numerous early tribunician prosecutions before the centuriate assembly appear to be a fictitious reconstruction from mid-republican practice (p. 222) and the whole treatment of the agrarian agitation of the early Republic, focusing on patrician occupation of public land, may be modelled largely on the tensions that developed progressively over the second century and the political conflicts to which they led (cf. p. 238). Inevitably accounts of the distant past came to reflect the political views of their authors.

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