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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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Evolution and Growth of the Roman State, 444–367 b.c.

Evolution and Growth of the Roman State, 444–367 b.c.

(p.234) Chapter 8 Evolution and Growth of the Roman State, 444–367 B.C.
A Critical History of Early Rome

Gary Forsythe

University of California Press

This chapter deals with the same material found in Livy Books IV–VI. Dionysius says that Maelius ended up with one of his arms cut off. It seems plausible that Cincius Alimentus dated the story of Sp. Maelius to 440–439 B.C. on the basis of pontifical documentation. Before its conquest by Rome, Fidenae was probably already surrounded by two of Rome's rustic tribes: the Clustumina upstream, and the Claudia downstream. The conquest of Veii constituted a major alteration in Roman society and economy in the increase of both chattel slavery and arable land. The Gallic catastrophe and its aftermath, as well as the sedition of M. Manlius Capitolinus are summarized. The chapter then turns to consider the Licinian Sextian Laws themselves. It is stated that the terms of the three Licinian Sextian Laws conform to the larger historical context of the fourth century B.C.

Keywords:   Livy Books, Rome, Sp. Maelius, Fidenae, Licinian Sextian Laws, Veii, Gallic catastrophe

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