Closing out a series of Samnite Wars the Third Samnite War put an end to threats from Rome's neighbors in Central Italy and left only the Greek city-state of Tarentum as opposition on the Italian Peninsula. Final victory over the Samnites consolidated Rome's strength in Italy, but also exposed her to more dangerous threats abroad, such as the Greeks and Carthaginians.
Nearing the conclusion of the Conquest of Italy chapter, we've added the Great or Second Samnite War. Initially a bitter struggle that saw several Roman defeats, victory established Rome's permanent establishment in central Italy and opened the door to the south.
With the end of the first Samnite War, Rome faced another challenge from her Latin neighbors. Open revolt turned into a war that would clearly make Rome the master of Central Italy.
The Latin Revolt has been added as a new chapter of the Conquest of Italy section of the Roman History series.
Focusing some attention on the UNRV.com Roman Culture section, we've added a short treatment on the history of the Latin Language. From its humble beginnings as a local dialect, this Indo-European tongue grew into the dominant language of western Europe for a millenia. Its roots still survive today in various forms in many of the world's common languages.
In continuing the History of Rome series, the Conquest of Italy gets another update. The Samnite Wars is the first of 4 articles in the chapter. They will reflect on Rome's 3 successive conflicts with their Sabellian neighbors interrupted only by the Latin Revolt.
With the recently added Roman Coins pages, we've also added Roman Coin Denominations. This page reflects the various coinage that was available in the Roman world from the early Republic through the end of the Empire.
The economy section has a new update today. Roman Coins is a brief history of the minting practices of the Roman Empire and highlights the basics of her coinage. Updates will follow shortly with pages illustrating the denominations of various eras and one on Roman Mints.