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<i>Ager Publicus</i> from the Regal Period to 133

Saskia T. Roselaar

in Public Land in the Roman Republic

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577231
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577231.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Roman Society & Law

Ager Publicus from the Regal Period to 133

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This chapter starts with a short overview of the conquest of land in the regal and early Republican periods and the nature of the possession of land and debates concerning its possession in this period. It then gives a detailed overview of the Roman conquest of land from the capture of Veii in 396 to the Social War. This chapter should be read together with the Appendix, in which the details of each conquest are set out. The chapter argues that a large amount of ager publicus remained in state hands for long periods of time, but that at the same time, much of it remained in the practical control of the Italian allies from whom it had been taken. It argues that in this way ager publicus was an important instrument to regulate relations between the Romans and their allies.

Keywords: conquest; location; struggle of the orders; Italian allies

Chapter.  30306 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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