|Italy's Early Ethnic Face
Italic peoples began to develop distinct identities about 900 B.C. Though the Etruscans (not considered Italic because of their language) rose to early prominence, a wealth of Italic cultures also left their mark. Mingling with them, Greek colonies thrived in the south, and Celtic peoples, such as Gauls, came from the north as both warriors and settlers. In a final effort to assert autonomy against Rome's imperial vision, several groups formed a league in the early first century B.C., using the name Italia for their union and currency.
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