In A History of Earliest Italy, first published in 1984, Professor Pallottino illumines the wide variety of peoples, languages, and traditions of culture and trade that constituted the pre-Roman Italic world.
Since the written sources are fragmentary, archaeology provides the central reservoir for evidence of the societies and institutions of the varied peoples of early Italy. This incisive and immensely readable account unfolds from the Bronze Age to the unification of the Italian peninsula and Sicily by Rome following the flourishing Archaic period. It examines the relationships among the peoples of the peninsula and the influence of Mycenae and Greece in trade and colonisation.
In telling the story of the early stages of the eternal dialogue between national vocation and local diversity in Italy, Professor Pallottino demonstrates that it is no less deserving of our attention than its contemporary Greek and later imperial Roman counterparts.
Biographical Note; Preface 1. Defining ‘Italic History’ 2. Origins 3. The Flowering of Italy in the Archaic Period (Eighth to Fifth Centuries BC) 4. The Age of Crisis (Fifth to Fourth Centuries BC) 5. Roman Unification and Italic Continuity; Chronological Table; Bibliography; Additional Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Index
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