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Evolution and Growth of the Roman State, 444–367 <span class="smallCaps">b.c.</span>

Gary Forsythe

in A Critical History of Early Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780520226517
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940291 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520226517.003.0009
Evolution and Growth of the Roman State, 444–367 b.c.

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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

Chapter.  15957 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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