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Abstract: The Roman historians Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus describe
the early decades of the Roman Republic as one dominated by conflict between powerful
aristocratic gentes. The clans were originally backed by armed bands who attempted to seize
the city by violence but as the government stabilized, the clan leaders looked for a new
base of support. The Valerii were a major family in ... read morethe histories of early Rome. Narrative
accounts portray them as populist heroes, but a close examination of the texts reveals that
the actions of the Valerii are best described as being those of a politically ambitious
clan. From their early attempt at sole rule in Rome to their actions designed to build a
political base among the People, the Valerii provide an ideal family to study the role of
the clans in the early Roman Republic.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Classics.
Advisor: R. Hitchner.
Committee: Marie-Claire Beaulieu, and David Proctor.
Keywords: Ancient history, and Classical studies.read less