A Companion to Roman Imperialism by Dexter Hoyos

By Dexter Hoyos

A spouse to Roman Imperialism , written by means of a uncommon physique of students, explores Romes upward thrust to empire, and its sizeable historic effect on her topic peoples and, both momentous, at the Romans themselves, an influence nonetheless felt this day.

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It was a prolonged process arguably going back to the 8th Century. In the two generations before 500 Rome had become an important local phenomenon, the largest city in the Latin plain, under an Etruscan dynasty (the Tarquins) and ruling smaller cities nearby. It was a proudly multiethnic society, mostly Latin-speaking, though powerful Sabine clans from the highlands kept up their Sabellian (Osco-Umbrian) speech in the city that drew in them and their clients. ) that the great temple to Jupiter was built by the Etruscan L.

1) Five new Latin colonies were established (314–311) to strengthen the frontier with Samnium on both sides and reinforce coastal security. (2) In 311 sixteen military tribunes were elected to command an army of four legions—a sudden jump in numbers. (3) In 311 duumviri navales were elected to run a small fleet. Henceforth, despite the mythology, Rome was not shipless. (4) recruitment of senators and equites was twice reformed, in the censuses of 312 and 304. It was a society ready for renewal and a city ready to take its place as a major centre, as shown by the initiation of the Aqua Claudia aqueduct and the Via Appia to Capua.

Toynbee Hannibal’s Legacy (Oxford UP, 1965). Excellent and conceptually provocative on non-Roman aspects of the rise of Rome is Arthur M. Eckstein Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome (Univ. , 2006). For ongoing influence note William V. C. (Oxford UP, 1979) and Kurt A. Raaflaub, ‘Born to be wolves? Origins of Roman imperialism’, in Transitions to Empire, ed. Robert W. Wallace and Edward M. Harris (Univ. , 1996), Chapter 15.  Oakley’s four-volume A Commentary on Livy, Books VI-X (Oxford UP, 1997–2005) has become indispensable for many purposes, not least for recent work on Samnium.

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