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Critical History of Early Rome

ISBN-10: 0520249917
ISBN-13: 9780520249912
Edition: N/A
Authors: Gary Forsythe
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Book details

Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

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 Romeoffers 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.

List of Maps and Figures
Acknowledgments
Dedication
Abbreviations
Foreword
Italy in Prehistory
Archaic Italy c. 800-500 B.C.
The Ancient Sources for Early Roman History
Rome During the Regal Period
Archaic Roman Religion
The Beginning of the Roman Republic
Rome of the Twelve Tables
Evolution and Growth of the Roman State 444-367 B.C.
Rome's Rise to Dominance, 366-300 B.C.
Rome's Conquest and Unification of Italy, 299-264 B.C.
Early Roman Chronology Works Cited
Index

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