The Rome of Romulus' day was anything but glorious. It was deliberate and rapacious in its habits, an emerging society jostling for space on the Italic stage.... The predatory and opportunistic behavior of these early Romans is ideally illustrated by the flurry of raids and counter-raids conducted against...local highlanders [of the Apennines].... This was an ugly war of ambuscades, with surprise attacks followed by equally rapid retreats, artful deceits followed by face-saving compromises--a hide-and-seek game.... Pillage was not simply the inevitable and distasteful consequence of war, but the very substance of it.
Fields, Nic. Early Roman Warrior 753-321 BC. Osprey Publishing, 2011.
(Image: Italian warrior of the late 8th, early 7th century BC, Museo della Civilta, Rome. Photographer unknown.)