Department Seminar: Dr. Nicola Terrenato (U Michigan), “Elite negotiation and consensus building. Rewriting early Roman imperialism.”

The paper presents a starkly alternative interpretation of Roman expansion in the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE. It argues that there was a grand bargain that was negotiated between landed elites on central and southern Italy that made the unification possible. Recruiting archaeological, epigraphic and historical evidence, it paints a picture of factional dynamics that tied together Roman as well as non-Romans aristocrats and resulted in their polling power and resources for the creation of a new political entity.