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Rome did not expand her influence in Italy easily in the early centuries of the res publica. The struggle for supremacy between Rome and the Italian tribes, beginning ca. 500 BC, lasted for over two hundred years, culminating in the ultimate victory for Rome but at considerable cost. On balance, Rome's successes in Italy led her to attempt to subjugate the Mediterranean world, which she accomplished in less than one hundred years. Italy was a good proving ground for Rome to establish herself as it was during this early period of expansion that the Republic coalesced into a political, military and economic machine that eventually ruled the ancient world. At the heart of this expansion lay the political ambition and national pride felt by Rome's leaders that fueled the Roman conquest of the Italian peninsula.

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