This study explores the various influences that inform and shape our understanding of the early Roman Republic. It is common knowledge that the demise of the Roman Republic in its last one hundred years was not only the occasion for the shaping of the traditional narrative for the much earlier Republic, but that it was, in addition, the source of both the discourse and the tone of that history as we have inherited it from the Romans.
Randall Howarth is Associate Professor of Ancient and Medieval History at Mercyhurst College, Pennsylvania.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The Ancient Evidence and the Evolution of Roman Historical Memory; 2. Time, Political Change, and the Origins of Roman Identity; 3. The Latins; 4. Institutional Evolution in the Fifth Century BCE; 5. The Emergence of Rome from the Latin Context; 6. The Realization of Roman Political Identity; 7. The Evolution of the Roman Assemblies; Select Bibliography; General Index.