FORUM The Roman takeover of Italy

FORUM The Roman takeover of Italy
1 May 2019, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

By the time Rome faced Carthage in the Punic Wars, the city was already the leading power in the Italian peninsula. How did this come about?

In this forum Professor Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan will present a radical new interpretation of Roman expansion in Italy during the fourth and third centuries BCE. In a forthcoming book. The Early Roman Expansion into Italy, he will argue that the process was accomplished by means of a grand bargain that was negotiated between the landed elites of central and southern Italy, while military conquest played a much smaller role than is usually envisaged. Deploying archaeological, epigraphic, and historical evidence, he paints a picture of the family interactions that tied together both Roman and non-Roman aristocrats and that resulted in their pooling power and resources for the creation of a new political entity.

Terrenato will present his ideas in a 20 minute talk followed by responses by

Professor Elena Isayev (Exeter) author of Inside ancient Lucania : dialogues in history and archaeology and coeditor of Ancient Italy : regions without boundaries

Prof Christopher Smith (St Andrews) former Director of the BSR and author of Early Rome and Latium : economy and society c.1000 to 500 BC and The Etruscans: a very short introduction

This event is free and all are welcome.


Valerie James
020 7862 8716