III
RULERS OF ITALY

KEY DATES IN CHAPTER III
753–510 BCThe Regal Period of Roman history, as calculated by Varro (But an average reign of over 30 years for each of seven kings of Rome is implausible)
509 BCRome’s first treaty with Carthage (others followed in 348 and 306) supposedly following rapidly on the foundation of the Republic
496 BCTraditional date of the battle of Lake Regillus in which Rome defeated the Latin League
494 BCTraditional date for the first secession of the plebs, the beginning of a long struggle for political emancipation conventionally termed the Conflict of the Orders
396 BCTraditional date of the destruction of Veii by Rome
390 BCTraditional date of the Gallic sack of Rome
343–290 BCRome frequently at war with Samnites of central Italy (later remembered as three Samnite wars)
340–338 BCWar with the Latins ends in the disbanding of the Latin League.
336–323 BCReign of Alexander III (the Great) of Macedon, conqueror of Greece and the Persian Empire
287 BCThe Lex Hortensia makes decisions of the plebeians binding on the community as a whole. The conventional end of the Conflict of the Orders.
280–275 BCPyrrhus of Epirus campaigns in Italy against Rome and Sicily against Carthage and then returns across the Adriatic
NB Most dates before Pyrrhus’ invasion derive from conjectures made by antiquarians in the last century BC. The first serious histories of the west were those written by Timaeus of Sicilian Tauromenium and by Fabius Pictor (of Rome) in the early and later third century BC respectively. Both works are lost, but later writers made some use of them in works written in the second century BC and after.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • List of Illustrations xii
  • List of Maps xiv
  • Notes on Further Reading xv
  • I - The Whole Story xvi
  • II - Empires of the Mind 13
  • III - Rulers of Italy 30
  • IV - Imperial Ecology 48
  • V - Mediterranean Hegemony 62
  • VI - Slavery and Empire 82
  • VII - Crisis 96
  • VIII - At Heaven’s Command? 113
  • IX - The Generals 128
  • X - The Enjoyment of Empire 146
  • XI - Emperors 162
  • XII - Resourcing Empire 185
  • XIII - War 200
  • XIV - Imperial Identities 218
  • XV - Recovery and Collapse 232
  • XVI - A Christian Empire 254
  • XVII - Things Fall Apart 272
  • XVIII - The Roman Past and the Roman Future 288
  • Notes 301
  • Bibliography 327
  • Glossary of Technical Terms 357
  • Photographic Acknowledgements 361
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