This book presents a picture of pre-Roman Italy as complete and as faithful as modern discovery could make it, when it was originally published in 1937. The evidence of archaeology is combined with the testimony of historical tradition and non-Latin dialects in a balanced account of elements no less diverse than those of modern Europe. This description of Italy in the middle of the last millennium B.C. illuminates the success of Rome in achieving a united Italy, where others had failed – an achievement which paved the way for the course over of events over centuries. Originally published 1937.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Land 3. Prehistoric Peoples and Their Civilizations 4. Ancient Tribes and Their Dialects 5. Liguria 6. Transpadane Gaul 7. Venetia and the Raeti 8. The Regio AEmilia, the Ager Gallicus, and Umbria 9. Etruria and the Faliscans 10. Picenum 11. The Latins and Neighbouring Tribes 12. Samnium and the Central Italic Tribes – Campania 13. Apulia and Calabria 14. Lucania 15. The Land of the Bruttii 16. Sicily and the Other Islands 17. Religion, Literature, and Government 18. The Unification of Italy