A Critical History of Early Rome: From Prehistory to the First Punic War

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University of California Press, 2005 - History - 400 pages
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During the period from Rome's Stone Age beginnings on the Tiber River to its conquest of the Italian peninsula in 264 B.C., the Romans in large measure developed the social, political, and military structure that would be the foundation of their spectacular imperial success. In this comprehensive and clearly written account, Gary Forsythe draws extensively from historical, archaeological, linguistic, epigraphic, religious, and legal evidence as he traces Rome's early development within a multicultural environment of Latins, Sabines, Etruscans, Greeks, and Phoenicians. His study charts the development of the classical republican institutions that would eventually enable Rome to create its vast empire, and provides fascinating discussions of topics including Roman prehistory, religion, and language.

In addition to its value as an authoritative synthesis of current research, A Critical History of Early Rome offers a revisionist interpretation of Rome's early history through its innovative use of ancient sources. The history of this period is notoriously difficult to uncover because there are no extant written records, and because the later historiography that affords the only narrative accounts of Rome's early days is shaped by the issues, conflicts, and ways of thinking of its own time. This book provides a groundbreaking examination of those surviving ancient sources in light of their underlying biases, thereby reconstructing early Roman history upon a more solid evidentiary foundation.
  

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Contents

FOREWORD
1
1 Italy in Prehistory
7
2 Archaic Italy c 800500 BC
28
3 The Ancient Sources for Early Roman History
59
4 Rome During the Regal Period
78
5 Archaic Roman Religion
125
6 The Beginning of the Roman Republic
147
7 Rome of the Twelve Tables
201
8 Evolution and Growth of the Roman State 444367 BC
234
9 Romes Rise to Dominance 366300 BC
268
10 Romes Conquest and Unification of Italy 299264 BC
324
EARLY ROMAN CHRONOLOGY
369
WORKS CITED
371
INDEX
391
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Gary Forsythe is Assistant Professor of History at Texas Tech University.

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