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The Early Roman Expansion into Italy
Elite Negotiation and Family Agendas

  • Date Published: August 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108436854


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  • 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.

    • Proposes a radical new interpretation of early Roman imperialism
    • Integrates archaeological data to a much greater extent than previous treatments
    • Written in accessible and non-technical language so as to appeal to a wide readership
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    'A very important read for those interested in early Roman history, in historiography, or in the relationship of history and myth.' A. A. Nofi, New York Military Affairs Symposium Review

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    • Date Published: August 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108436854
    • length: 347 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 168 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 21 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Views of Roman imperialism through time
    2. The long-term context of Roman expansion: central Italian society and politics in the early first Millennium BCE
    3. The global context of Roman expansion: the central Mediterranean between the late fifth and the early third centuries BCE
    4. A heterogeneous conquest I: a cross section of polity biographies and types of conflicts
    5. A heterogeneous conquest II: family biographies and agendas
    6. The consequences of the expansion
    7. Conclusions
    Works cited

  • Author

    Nicola Terrenato, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    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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