1st Edition

The Beginnings of Rome Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000–264 BC)

By Tim Cornell Copyright 1995
    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    Using the results of archaeological techniques, and examining methodological debates, Tim Cornell provides a lucid and authoritative account of the rise of Rome.

    The Beginnings of Rome offers insight on major issues such as:

    • Rome’s relations with the Etruscans
    • the conflict between patricians and plebeians
    • the causes of Roman imperialism
    • the growth of slave-based economy.

    Answering the need for raising acute questions and providing an analysis of the many different kinds of archaeological evidence with literary sources, this is the most comprehensive study of the subject available, and is essential reading for students of Roman history.

    Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 The Pre-Roman Background; Chapter 3 The Origins of Rome; Chapter 4 The Rise of the City-state; Chapter 5 Traditional History; Chapter 6 The Myth of ‘Etruscan Rome’; Chapter 7 The Reforms of Servius Tullius; Chapter 8 The Power of Rome in the Sixth Century; Chapter 9 The Beginnings of the Roman Republic; Chapter 10 Patricians and Plebeians; Chapter 11 The Twelve Tables; Chapter 12 Wars and External Relations, 509-345 bc; Chapter 13 The Emancipation of the Plebs; Chapter 14 The Roman Conquest of Italy; Chapter 15 Rome in the Age of the Italian Wars;


    T.J. Cornell is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester.

    'Cornell's is the most authoritative study of early Roman history to have been written by a single author since Beloch's Romanische Geschichte of 1926. The Beginnings of Rome is an authoritative, important, and timely book from which we are all benefiting, and from which much subsequent study of early Rome will start.' - The Classical Review