By F. W. Walbank
This quantity of the second one variation of The Cambridge historical historical past lines the background of Rome from its origins to the eve of the second one Punic conflict. It starts off with a survey of assets for early Roman background. An exam of the 1st discernible strains of the Bronze Age cost is through an evaluation of the regal interval. The advanced and sometimes arguable historical past of the early republic is analyzed almost about its inner improvement, the evolution of its relationships with the Latins, and its ruthless attacks upon a number of elements of Italy. Later sections talk about the intervention of Pyrrhus and its aftermath which results in attention of Rome's relationships with Carthage, the 1st Punic conflict, and the beginnings of out of the country empire.
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The interpretation of the scenes is uncertain; they may depict actions involving Q. Fabius Maximus Rullianus (cos. 322; 510; 508; 296; 295) during the Samnite wars (p. 412). ) [B401], fig. 15. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 14 I. THE SOURCES FOR EARLY ROMAN HISTORY rating nine ex-consuls killed in the Volscian Wars of the early fifth century. 1 and yet Varro or Verrius cannot have invented it. C. (Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 5): it also anachronistically employs cognomina and uses a literary rather than a documentary form of dating ('in the 119th year after the overthrow of the kings'); indeed, there may have been no census in that year (cf.
77P ( = Gell. 6)) indicates that the annual whiteboard recorded eclipses and high corn prices, in contrast apparently to the material of 'true history'. 36 However, that may be the result of a progressive increase in the tablet's scope, and the character and range of the material originally recorded remain purely conjectural. All that can be said with confidence is that the tablet can have given no details of episodes noted. If in origin the whiteboard served principally the pontifical college itself, preservation of its data may have been important from an early date but such material certainly did not survive from (or at least was not used for) the monarchy (p.
Finds its exact counterpart in the growth in size of some of the settlements in both areas. Lesser settlements were absorbed by larger neighbours, others disappeared to the obvious benefit of stronger and more powerful communities, while sites which had clearly been relatively more extensive from the early Iron Age onwards now grew out of all proportion. Modern interpretations of this phenomenon in terms either of synoecism or of nuclear expansion appear, in this rigidly polarized form, not to comprehend the true import of what was undoubtedly an extremely complex process.