Episode 75 – Trouble in Rome, Trouble with the Volscii


The Doctors return with a brand new episode tracing Rome from the founding of the city! We are looking at the trouble in Rome between the plebeians and the patricians. And trouble in Rome wouldn’t be much without trouble with her neighbours. In this period tension is rising between Rome and the Volscii.

Quintus Fabius Vibulanus and Servius Cornelius Maluginensis are the consuls of c. 483 BCE and in the wake of Spurius Cassius’ demise, attention turns inwards. The plebeians and the patrician conflict continues to escalate and the some of the consequences begin to play out with Rome’s foreign policy. How do you get soldiers to enlist when everyone is hungry? How do you maintain yourself in the field when morale is low? How do you defeat your foes when your forces do not want to fight? How does the voting system of the comitia centuriata work? We tackle them all in this episode!

Trouble in Rome, Trouble with the Volscii

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Ancient Latium, including territory of the Volscii. Courtesy of wikimedia commons

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