A Critical History of Early Rome
From Prehistory to the First Punic War
By (author) Gary Forsythe
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Critical History of Early Rome by Gary Forsythe
Book 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520249912
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gary Forsythe
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Here, author Gary Forsythe examines both the religious history of the Roman Republic and the religious history of the Roman Empire. These six studies are unified by the important role played by various concepts of time in Roman religious thought and practice.
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Author Biography - Gary Forsythe
Gary Forsythe is Assistant Professor of History at Texas Tech University.
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