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War, sex, and death: From Republic to Empire

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The last dozen years have seen the emergence of a vigorous debate over the demography of the Roman Republic. The questions of Italy's population dynamics and their consequences for social and political developments in the late Republic remain very much open, therefore. This chapter simply attempts to discover what the impact of Rome's acquisition of an empire during the second and first centuries and in particular the continuous warfare required to win it might have been on demographic developments in Italy. The answer, it is hoped, will not only contribute to clarifying this problem but also help point the way to a new understanding of the social and economic background to the political developments that roiled the last generation of the Roman Republic.

Keywords: Italy; political developments; population dynamics; Roman Republic



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