By Dexter Hoyos
A better half to Roman Imperialism , written via a distinct physique of students, explores Romes upward push to empire, and its titanic old impression on her topic peoples and, both momentous, at the Romans themselves, an effect nonetheless felt this day.
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Later Rome exercised a quasi-divine authority (maiestas populi Romani), in which maiestas, expressing the relationship of gods to mortals, was adapted to Rome’s diplomacy and public law. e. Italy: Pol. 4-5); later still a universal imperialism entitled the Senate to act as a world authority (consilium publicum orbis terrae). In our current world the catchcry ‘democracy’ now justifies armed interventions without declaring war, and extradition of citizens of sovereign states to the hegemon’s jurisdiction as part of an unlimited war on terrorism.
But leaving Capua to the Samnites was an even greater risk. Roman statesmen must choose one of two futures. Livy’s complex narrative of the years 343–338 shows how Rome sledgehammered the problem and then reworked the fragments into an architectural design of great delicacy. only by binding her old and restive allies the Latins in such a fashion as to control them completely could Rome make herself decisively the major partner in a Roman-Campanian axis. With the Latins, and only them, Rome had linguistic, cultural and historic links that simply required an appropriate structure.
Sora, Alba Fucens, Narnia and Carseoli were aggressively located to deepen Rome’s control of the central highlands but not to encircle or encroach on Samnium. The so called Third Samnite War (298–290) developed into an insurgency of all the free Italian peoples that saw Rome as a menace. Samnites, Etruscans, Umbrians and Gauls combined to pre-empt a hegemony over Italy which Rome did not claim. Under the Samnite general and statesman Gellius Egnatius a Samnite army broke through central Italy, still clearly not under full Roman control, to unite with the Gauls.
A Companion to Roman Imperialism by Dexter Hoyos