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What was Italy before it was Italy?

Asked by Janet Lyons on November 05, 2021

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The formation of_the modern Italian state began in 1861 with the unification of most of_the peninsula under the House of Savoy (Piedmont-Sardinia) into the Kingdom of Italy. Italy incorporated Venetia and the former Papal States (including Rome) by 1871 following the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71).

How did Romans become Italian? Rome was founded as a Kingdom in 753 BC and became a Republic in 509 BC, when the monarchy was overthrown in favor of a government of the Senate and the People. The Roman Republic then unified Italy at the expense of the Etruscans, Celts, and Greeks of the_peninsula.

Why is Italy not called Rome? In Antiquity, the name Italy beat the name Rome in referring to the Italian peninsula and its inhabitants. The Romans themselves did not refer to their state by a single name, but rather as the Res Publica, during the Republic (or Senatus Populusque Romanus), and the Empire, in its imperial period.

Where do Italians come from? The majority of Italians belong to_Haplogroup R1b, common in Western and Central Europe. The highest frequency of R1b is found in Garfagnana (76.2%) in Tuscany and in the Bergamo Valleys (80.8%) in Lombardy, Northern regions. This percentage lowers at the south of Italy in Calabria (26.5%).