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A Critical History of Early RomeFrom Prehistory to the First Punic War$
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Gary Forsythe and John Connelly

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226517

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226517.001.0001

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Rome During the Regal Period

Rome During the Regal Period

(p.78) Chapter 4 Rome During the Regal Period
A Critical History of Early Rome

Gary Forsythe

University of California Press

This chapter addresses Livy's first book in treating the period of the early kings. The earliest Roman graves show that the people who lived at the site of Rome during the tenth and ninth centuries B.C. partook of the same Latial culture. The ancients believed that the Palatine was the initial site of Romulus' settlement, and it was thought to sustain the most venerable cults of the Roman people. The ancient literary tradition is also discussed. Archaeology can be enlisted to test in some degree the claims of the ancient literary tradition concerning two alleged public works carried out during the late regal period. Rome's growth and expanding horizons are dealt. It is stated that various indications, including modern demographic estimates and ancient historical data, seem to converge in showing that by the end of the sixth century B.C. Rome had emerged as the single most important state in Latium.

Keywords:   Rome, Livy, Latium, Roman graves, archaeology, early kings, ancient literary tradition

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