The roman expansion in italy covers a series of conflicts in which rome grew from being a small italian city state to be the ruler of the italian peninsula roman tradition attributes to roman kings the first war against the sabines and the first conquests around the alban hills and down to the coast of latium. The core of the campaign history of the roman military is an aggregate of different accounts of the roman militarys land battles from its initial defense against and subsequent conquest of the citys hilltop neighbors on the italian peninsula to the ultimate struggle of the western roman empire for its existence against invading huns . Excluding the notes bibliography and index roman conquests italy is a tight 147 pages the book is a solid mix of high quality academic research with enough narrative to please those with a more passing interest in this key period of roman history. But what is perhaps more impressive is the story of how the early roman republic confined to a small area of central italy and surrounded by many larger aggressive tribes was able to dominate the italian peninsula this domination was achieved through a mix of military conquests colonization and strategic alliances. The roman conquest of italy from its founding traditionally dated to 753 bc up to the final conquest of italy in 270 bc rome transformed from a small city state in italy to the master of the entire peninsula through a long period of conquest accomplished just as much with political
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