By William Herbert
If the extreme person, who styled himself no longer unjustly the scourge of God and terror of the realm, had by no means existed, the background of the Huns may were little or no extra attention-grabbing to us at present epoch, than that of the Gepidae, or Alans, or any of the executive international locations that have been assembled lower than his banner; however the immensity of the exploits, and the nonetheless larger pretensions of that memorable warrior, render it an issue of curiosity to grasp the origins of his energy, and the very beginnings from which his countrymen had arisen, to threaten the subjugation of the civilized international, and the extirpation of the Christian faith. There has most likely existed, prior to or because the time of Attila, yet another potentate, who, in his short occupation, handed like a meteor over Europe, build up an empire, that was once maintained by means of his own characteristics, and crumbled to atoms the instant he was once withdrawn from it, leaving, despite the fact that, outcomes of which it's tough to calculate the level or termination…
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Until Rome finally defeated Pyrrhus and (re)asserted control over the bulk of the peninsula, Italy would be most accurately described as a multipolar system. We should not see Rome, then, as the only expansionist hegemonic state, but rather as one of a number of powerful states and coalitions competing to dominate the system. Also, Lemke (1996) has observed that within any international hierarchy there exist numerous regional or local hierarchies, each with its own unipolar, bipolar or multipolar arrangements.
For these episodes we may speculate on how authentic notices may have worked their way into Livy’s (and others’) narrative. Perhaps sources close to the events had gained some knowledge of Italian affairs (Cincius, for example, was active around Locri) and this material was transmitted indirectly to Livy or others. In most cases, however, we simply do not know what Livy’s sources were for Italian affairs, and thus we must judge on its own merits each of the relevant episodes that he narrates. 27 It would be impossible to list all of the excavations and surveys conducted in the last thirty or forty years, or to make reference to all of their associated publications.
Salmon 1982: 57–72, esp. 71–2, however, downplays the cohesiveness of the ‘Roman Commonwealth’ of the third century. 49 The following brief summary of the organisation of the subordinate Italian states is based on Staveley 1989: 420–36.