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9–113). 19 For Livy’s use of Posidonius see Walsh (1961, p. 135–136), but see also Haug p. 118–119 (about which more later); for that of Diodorus, see Sacks (p. 12, 41–47, 121). 20 Sacks, loc. cit. This was a favorite topic of Livy’s, as well, for which see Walsh (1961, p. 65–55). 40 ROMANS, ALLIES, AND THE STRUGGLE he would have had a chance to observe much and perhaps directly question those involved in the Allied War. This might have made his insights all the more penetrating, especially when combined with the freedom bias due to lack of attachment to either side which his status as an outsider would have accorded him.
These would have been ideal sources, and the fact that they never came into being is a fact which the modern historian must regard with considerable disappointment. Almost as frustrating, however, are the notices which reveal that several accounts were written—sources not as optimal as those just mentioned might have been but which doubtless would have been incredibly beneficial for acquiring knowledge of the decade—but have since become lost. Some of these are gone completely, to which number may be added the history of the Etruscans which Suetonius claims had been written by the emperor Claudius (Div.
Over these ten years it may have become difficult to find a time when men who had not been born Romans were not in arms against those who had been, and while there were such lulls, it may have seemed at the time like Rome and its one-time Allies were in THE NATURE OF THE EVIDENCE 31 the grip, not of several wars, but of one, bloody, decade-long conflict. Perhaps most remarkable still was that, for many of those ten years under arms, the former Italians had been fighting against their putative Roman brethren alongside other Romans engaged in the same enterprise, all under the leadership of Roman magistrates and generals.