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A Critical History of Early Rome: From Prehistory to the First Punic War
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, ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 14th 2005 by University of California Press
(first published January 15th 2005)
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This book is not an easy read. It is a history book that deals with a time from which much knowledge and wisdom on the matter stems from late Classical and Renaissance sources. Of course, when taking from these sources we must be careful -- as they see the early events of Rome as they wish to see them. Example: Porsenna withdrawing from Rome because he was impressed by the virtue of its men and the purity and exceptional character of its women. The portrayal of Tarquinus Superbus as an absolute ...more