Rise of the Early Roman Republic

Rise of the Early Roman Republic : Reflections on Becoming Roman

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An audaciously daring narrative, this text presents an overview of the early history of Rome, focusing the reader's attention to those distinctive and often hidden cultural features that contributed to create a unique ancient Roman mindset and civic outlook. Using an historical format, Thomas L. Dynneson addresses these cultural forces which ultimately shaped the Romans into the ancient world's most powerful military city-state.


Comprised of numerous values and beliefs, the Romans sought to develop their citizens as a cohesive whole. This approach enabled a mastering of both the practical and utilitarian tactics for solving problems, an expression of classical intellectualism. Identifying this sense of idealism paralleled with the Romans embodiment of sacrifice to overcome all obstacles, the author explores several features of becoming Roman. Within this text, each section is designed to pull together the general historical elements which helped to create a unique Roman citizenship. The final section of each chapter contains further analysis, including the author's narrative regarding the general sources used, and the second containing a review of one exceptional recommended reading. The later chapters of the book provide a special "Recent Scholarship" section, which explores the work of recent scholars' "revisionists" perspectives related to the traditional ancient sources.
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  • Hardback | 382 pages
  • 150 x 225 x 30.48mm | 680g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 20 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1433134578
  • 9781433134579
  • 2,867,394

Table of contents

Acknowledgments - Preface - Introduction - Numa Pompilius - Roman Religion - Landscape of the Sacred City - Roman Virtue - The Legend of Lucretia - Roman Education - Foundation Myths and Reality - The Seven Kings of Rome - Tribalism and Civilization - The Etruscans of Etruria - The Hellenes of Magna Graecia - International Seagoing Trading System - Invasion of the Northern Barbarians - The Patricians - The Plebeians - The Comitia Curiata and the Hoplite - Servius and the Rise of the Roman City-State - Foundations of the Roman Republic - Conclusion - Appendix: Maps - Bibliography - Index.
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"Thomas L. Dynneson has done it again! Continuing his insightful series of books on the concept of civism-the intersection of education, custom, and law that defines the ideal citizen-Dynneson explores the rise of the Roman Republic to gain an understanding of how the socialization of citizenship, urbanization, and assimilation contributed to a distinctive Roman brand of civism. He provides a compelling narrative that explains how, in his words, Roman citizenship 'would become a unique compounding power that was destined to allow one city to rule the entire Mediterranean world.' It is a terrific contribution to our historical understanding of Rome and the formation of Roman character." -Edward Schiappa, John E. Burchard Chair of Humanities, M.I.T.
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"Thomas L. Dynneson has done it again! Continuing his insightful series of books on the concept of civism-the intersection of education, custom, and law that defines the ideal citizen-Dynneson explores the rise of the Roman Republic to gain an understanding of how the socialization of citizenship, urbanization, and assimilation contributed to a distinctive Roman brand of civism. He provides a compelling narrative that explains how, in his words, Roman citizenship 'would become a unique compounding power that was destined to allow one city to rule the entire Mediterranean world.' It is a terrific contribution to our historical understanding of Rome and the formation of Roman character."
-Edward Schiappa, John E. Burchard Chair of Humanities, M.I.T.
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About Thomas L. Dynneson

Thomas L. Dynneson served as Professor of Anthropology and Education at the University of Texas and as Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, specializing in education and anthropology. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He edited and co-authored several books and articles pertaining to citizenship development, anthropology education, European history, and ancient history and philosophy.
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