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The Cambridge Ancient History

The Cambridge Ancient History

Volume 7

Part 2. The Rise of Rome to 220 BC

2nd Edition


Part of The Cambridge Ancient History

R. M. Ogilvie, A. Drummond, M. Torelli, A. Momigliano, T. J. Cornell, E. S. Staveley, P. R. Franke, H. H. Scullard, J. A. North
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  • Date Published: March 1990
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521234467
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  • This volume of the second edition of the Cambridge Ancient History traces the history of Rome from its origins to the eve of the Second Punic War. Although the period covered is essentially the same as in the undivided Volume VII of the first edition, the treatment of the material is completely fresh and is much more extensive. Account is taken of new scholarly insights and of the considerable amount of new evidence, much of it archaeological, which has become available since the first edition was published. After a survey of the sources of our information the origins of Rome are discussed, beginning with the first discernible traces of the bronze Age settlement and going on to an assessment of the regal period. The complex and often controversial history of the early Republic is examined with reference to its internal development, the evolution of its relationships with the Latins, and the remorseless, if occasionally erratic, advance of Roman power in parts of Italy less immediately adjacent to the city. These developments are traced further in relation to the intervention of Pyrrhus and its aftermath, leading to consideration of Rome's relationships with Carthage, the First Punic War, and the beginnings of overseas empire. Rome is considered from a different perspective in a chapter on society and religion.

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    07th May 2020 by Axaz

    This definitive work is a thorough consideration of how Rome started on its road to domination of the ancient world from the most unlikely of beginnings. The influence of the Etruscans through the Regal period is considered and then its relationships with the other peoples of the Italian peninsula. How did it come to control all of them using agreements and wars? Also its internal development as a Republic when the Kings were expelled laid lasting fundamental foundations. A book of substance opening up to the reader an appreciation of a less glamorous period of Roman history but essential to appreciate how the Roman view of the world was born.

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 1990
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521234467
    • length: 828 pages
    • dimensions: 321 x 187 x 62 mm
    • weight: 1.29kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of maps
    List of text-figures
    1. The sources for early Roman history R. M. Ogilvie and A. Drummond
    2. Archaic Rome between Latium and Etruria M. Torelli
    3. The origins of Rome A. Momigliano
    4. Rome in the fifth century I: the social and economic framework A. Drummond
    5. Rome in the fifth century II: the citizen community A. Drummond
    6. Rome and Latium to 390 B.C. T. J. Cornell
    7. The recovery of Rome T. J. Cornell
    8. The conquest of Italy T. J. Cornell
    9. Rome and Italy in the early third century E. S. Staveley
    10. Pyrrhus P. R. Franke
    11. Carthage and Rome H. H. Scullard
    12. Religion in republican Rome J. A. North
    Chronological table

  • Editors

    F. W. Walbank, University of Liverpool

    A. E. Astin

    M. W. Frederiksen

    R. M. Ogilvie

    Assisted by

    A. Drummond


    R. M. Ogilvie, A. Drummond, M. Torelli, A. Momigliano, T. J. Cornell, E. S. Staveley, P. R. Franke, H. H. Scullard, J. A. North

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