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Introduction: New Approaches To The Demographic, Agrarian, And Political History Of The Middle And Late Republic

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An important development which stimulated ancient historians and archaeologists to rethink the history of post-Hannibalic Italy was the emergence of survey archaeology. In recent years some ancient historians have also begun to dispute the theory that the heavy recruitment in the last two centuries BC and the sending out of large armies to theatres of war far away from Italy disrupted the traditional peasant economy and led many peasant families to give up their farms. The most important lesson to be learned from the five archaeological papers discussed in the chapter is perhaps that approximately fifty years after the appearance of Italian survey archaeology there is still plenty of room for new approaches.

Keywords: demographic development; Italy; lex Sempronia agrarian



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