The Early Roman Expansion into Italy: Elite Negotiation and Family Agendas

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Cambridge University Press, May 2, 2019 - Art - 327 pages
This book presents a radical new interpretation of Roman expansion in Italy during the fourth and third centuries BCE. Nicola Terrenato argues that the process was accomplished by means of a grand bargain that was negotiated between the landed elites of central and southern Italy, while military conquest played a much smaller role than is usually envisaged. Deploying archaeological, epigraphic, and historical evidence, he paints a picture of the family interactions that tied together both Roman and non-Roman aristocrats and that resulted in their pooling power and resources for the creation of a new political entity. The book is written in accessible language, without technical terms or quotations in Latin, and is heavily illustrated.


The Roman Army and its Commanders 158
The Plautii in the Fourth Century 174
Conclusions 191
Local Elites after the Conquest 208
Centuriation 226
Economy 242
References 273
Index 323

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Nicola Terrenato is the Esther B. Van Deman Collegiate Professor of Roman Studies at the University of Michigan, where he specializes in first-millennium BCE Italy, with particular reference to northern Etruria, early Rome and the period of the Roman conquest. Since 2007, he has directed the Gabii Project. He is co-editor of Italy and the West: Comparative Issues in Romanization (2001), Articulating Local Cultures: Power and Identity under the Expanding Roman Republic (2007), State Formation in Greece and Rome (2011), Roman Republican Villas: Architecture, Context, and Ideology (2012) and A Mid-Republican House from Gabii (2016).

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