By Dexter Hoyos
A better half to Roman Imperialism , written by means of a exclusive physique of students, explores Romes upward thrust to empire, and its enormous historic influence on her topic peoples and, both momentous, at the Romans themselves, an influence nonetheless felt this day.
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No Greek state or even Carthage had ever in their primes achieved a comparable solid zone of control. Within this Roman Italy can be seen glimpses later of the ongoing conceptual struggle to enact mentally and legally a unified idea. e. the origins of all the cities of Italy; Cicero formulated the ‘two fatherlands’ principle— one by ancestry, the other by Roman citizenship (Leg. 5); from the Gracchi and the younger Livius Drusus down to Augustus statesmen wrestled with the problem of Rome in Italy.
Claudius Caecus persuaded the senators to keep a cool head: this took the form of a refusal to deal with Pyrrhus while he was present in arms on the soil of Italy (extant in many versions). It is not always borne in mind that this declared Italy a zone of exclusion for all extraneous powers. Pyrrhus failed politically in Italy and Sicily, outmanoeuvred by Rome and Carthage and even the democratic politicians of Syracuse. Rome’s truculence toward Pyrrhus was immediately transferred to her old friend and patron Carthage, and the hegemony of Italy was soon transformed into a protectorate over Italians wherever they might be.
A largely satisfactory set of consular lists survives; it is dictatorships, triumphs and proconsulates that allow mendacious intrusions. ) M. Valerius Corvus (six consulates), L. Papirius Cursor (five), Q. Fabius Rullianus (five), generations of Decii (one with four), above all the arch-imperialists Q. Publilius Philo (four) and Ap. Claudius Caecus (two, plus many other offices). The Roman electorate of that time was not opposed to repeatedly the genesis of roman imperialism 33 promoting individual merit.
A Companion to Roman Imperialism by Dexter Hoyos