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II. From the Abolition of the Monarchy in Rome to the Union of Italy

From: The History of Rome, by Theodor Mommsen
Translated with the sanction of the author by William Purdie Dickson

The History of Old Rome

CHAPTER IV - Fall of the Etruscan Power - the Celts


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Etrusco-Carthaginian Maritime Supremacy ||| Subjugation of Latium by Etruria ||| Etruscans Driven Back from Latium - Fall of the Etrusco-Carthaginian Maritime Supremacy - Victories of Salamis and Himera, and Their Effects ||| Maritime Supremacy of the Tarentines and Syracusans - Dionysius of Syracuse ||| The Romans Opposed to the Etruscans in Veii ||| The Samnites Opposed to the Etruscans in Campania ||| Celtic Migrations - The Celts Assail the Etruscans in Northern Italy ||| Attack on Etruria by the Romans ||| Conquest of Veii ||| The Celts Attack Rome - Battle on the Allia - Capture of Rome ||| Fruitlessness of the Celtic Victory ||| Further Conquests of Rome in Etruria - South Etruria Roman ||| Pacification of Northern Italy ||| Etruria Proper at Peace and on the Decline

Etrusco-Carthaginian Maritime Supremacy

In the previous chapters we have presented an outline of the development of the Roman constitution during the first two centuries of the republic; we now recur to the commencement of that epoch for the purpose of tracing the external history of Rome and of Italy. About the time of the expulsion of the Tarquins from Rome the Etruscan power had reached its height. The Tuscans, and the Carthaginians who were in close alliance with them, possessed undisputed supremacy on the Tyrrhene Sea. Although Massilia amidst continual and severe struggles maintained her independence, the seaports of Campania and of the Volscian land, and after the battle of Alalia Corsica also,(1) were in the possession of the Etruscans.

1. Cf. I. X. Phoenicians and Italians in Opposition to the Greeks

In Sardinia the sons of the Carthaginian general Mago laid the foundation of the greatness both of their house and of their city by the complete conquest of the island (about 260); and in Sicily, while the Greek colonies were occupied with their internal feuds, the Phoenicians retained possession of the western half without material opposition. The vessels of the Etruscans were no less dominant in the Adriatic; and their pirates were dreaded even in the more eastern waters.

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