The long sixth century, 630—474 BCE

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On the Italian peninsula in the sixth century BCE, settlements became concentrated, the population increased, larger settlements began to develop, and trade accelerated—the most significant characteristic of this period is its relative stability, which allows the many changes visible in the eighth and seventh centuries to become embedded in new power structures and new forms of material culture. References to the intersection between Greek history and the history of Italy appear, and some social and political forms begin to look similar to those in the Greek world. This chapter considers literary, epigraphic, and archaeological sources, and concludes with some reflections on the extent to which Italy operated as a unified area in this period, and what happened on the peninsula as the fifth century began.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of pre-Roman Italy (1000—49 BCE)
EditorsMarco Maiuro
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780197754344
ISBN (Print)9780199987894
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2024


  • Trade
  • Urban development
  • Burial customs
  • Colonization
  • Ethnicity
  • Economic development
  • Craft specialization


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