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A History of Rome to 565 A. D.   By: (1888-1962)

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[Illustration: The Roman Empire in the Second Century A. D.]


BY ARTHUR E. R. BOAK, Ph. D., Professor of Ancient History in the University of Michigan

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1921 All rights reserved


Set up and electrotyped. Published December, 1921.



This sketch of the History of Rome to 565 A. D. is primarily intended to meet the needs of introductory college courses in Roman History. However, it is hoped that it may also prove of service as a handbook for students of Roman life and literature in general. It is with the latter in mind that I have added the bibliographical note. Naturally, within the brief limits of such a text, it was impossible to defend the point of view adopted on disputed points or to take notice of divergent opinions. Therefore, to show the great debt which I owe to the work of others, and to provide those interested in particular problems with some guide to more detailed study, I have given a list of selected references, which express, I believe, the prevailing views of modern scholarship upon the various phases of Roman History.

I wish to acknowledge my general indebtedness to Professor W. S. Ferguson of Harvard University for his guidance in my approach to the study of Roman History, and also my particular obligations to Professor W. L. Westermann of Cornell, and to my colleagues, Professors A. L. Cross and J. G. Winter, for reading portions of my manuscript and for much helpful criticism.

A. E. R. BOAK. University of Michigan, October, 1921


INTRODUCTION PAGE THE SOURCES FOR THE STUDY OF EARLY ROMAN HISTORY xiii PART I THE FORERUNNERS OF ROME IN ITALY CHAPTER I THE GEOGRAPHY OF ITALY 3 CHAPTER II PREHISTORIC CIVILIZATION IN ITALY 7 CHAPTER III THE PEOPLES OF HISTORIC ITALY 13 The Etruscans; the Greeks. PART II THE EARLY MONARCHY AND THE REPUBLIC, FROM PREHISTORIC TIMES TO 27 B. C. CHAPTER IV EARLY ROME TO THE FALL OF THE MONARCHY 25 The Latins; the Origins of Rome; the Early Monarchy; Early Roman Society. CHAPTER V THE EXPANSION OF ROME TO THE UNIFICATION OF THE ITALIAN 33 PENINSULA: C. 509 265 B. C. To the Conquest of Veii, c. 392 B. C.; the Gallic Invasion; the Disruption of the Latin League and the Alliance of the Romans with the Campanians; Wars with the Samnites, Gauls and Etruscans; the Roman Conquest of South Italy; the Roman Confederacy. CHAPTER VI THE CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF ROME TO 287 B. C. 47 The Early Republic; the Assembly of the Centuries and the Development of the Magistracy; the Plebeian Struggle for Political Equality; the Roman Military System. CHAPTER VII RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN EARLY ROME 61 CHAPTER VIII ROMAN DOMINATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: THE FIRST PHASE THE 67 STRUGGLE WITH CARTHAGE, 265 201 B. C. The Mediterranean World in 265 B. C.; the First Punic War; the Illyrian and Gallic Wars; the Second Punic War; the Effect of the Second Punic War upon Italy. CHAPTER IX ROMAN DOMINATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: THE SECOND PHASE ROME 89 AND THE GREEK EAST The Second Macedonian War; the War with Antiochus the Great and the Ætolians; the Third Macedonian War; Campaigns in Italy and Spain... Continue reading book >>

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