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    DescriptionDuring 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, archaeological, linguistic, epigraphic, religious, and legal evidence as he traces Rome's early development within a multicultural environment of Latins, Sabines, Etruscans, Greeks, and Phoenicians. His study charts the development of the classical republican institutions that would eventually enable Rome to create its vast empire, and provides fascinating discussions of topics including Roman prehistory, religion, and language. In addition to its value as an authoritative synthesis of current research, "A Critical History of Early Rome" offers a revisionist interpretation of Rome's early history through its innovative use of ancient sources. The history of this period is notoriously difficult to uncover because there are no extant written records, and because the later historiography that affords the only narrative accounts of Rome's early days is shaped by the issues, conflicts, and ways of thinking of its own time. This book provides a groundbreaking examination of those surviving ancient sources in light of their underlying biases, thereby reconstructing early Roman history upon a more solid evidentiary foundation.


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    Title
    A Critical History of Early Rome
    Subtitle
    From Prehistory to the First Punic War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gary Forsythe
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 417
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 581 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520249912
    ISBN 10: 0520249917
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    DC22: 937
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC21: 937
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: 2004008505, DG209.F735 2005
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAR
    Edition
    1
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    10 b/w photographs, 10 maps, 2 tables
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    07 August 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Gary Forsythe is Assistant Professor of History at Texas Tech University.
    Review quote
    "A remarkable book, in which Forsythe uses his thorough knowledge of the ancient evidence to reconstruct a coherent and eminently plausible picture which in turn illuminates early Roman society more immediately than any other category of evidence is able to do. Forsythe displays his impressive ability to demonstrate to what extent and why the tradition that dominates the extant historical narratives is not credible." - Kurt Raaflaub, author of The Discovery of Freedom in Ancient Greece"
    Back cover copy
    "A remarkable book, in which Forsythe uses his thorough knowledge of the ancient evidence to reconstruct a coherent and eminently plausible picture which in turn illuminates early Roman society more immediately than any other category of evidence is able to do. Forsythe displays his impressive ability to demonstrate to what extent and why the tradition that dominates the extant historical narratives is not credible."--Kurt Raaflaub, author of "The Discovery of Freedom in Ancient Greece "An excellent synthetic treatment of early Roman history found in both modern literary and archaeological materials."--Richard Mitchell, author of "Patricians and Plebeians
    Table of contents
    List of Maps and Figures Acknowledgments Dedication Abbreviations Foreword 1. Italy in Prehistory 2. Archaic Italy c. 800 500 B.C. 3. The Ancient Sources for Early Roman History 4. Rome During the Regal Period 5. Archaic Roman Religion 6. The Beginning of the Roman Republic 7. Rome of the Twelve Tables 8. Evolution and Growth of the Roman State 444 367 B.C. 9. Rome's Rise to Dominance, 366 300 B.C. 10. Rome's Conquest and Unification of Italy, 299 264 B.C. Appendix: Early Roman Chronology Works Cited Index