The Roman Social War (91 – 87 BC)
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This war grew out of a revolt within the Roman alliance system (bellum Marsicum, bellum Italicum, bellum sociale). In the main, it was the Italic socii of central and southern Italy who fought the Romans, and their real purpose was to obtain Roman citizenship for all the Italic peoples. It is possible that some Italic groups were also striving for complete independence from Rome (according to Mouritsen, it was their intention to win more participation in the process of political governance). The conflict had lo…

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Olshausen, E., “The Roman Social War (91 – 87 BC)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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