- Oct 2012
The Romans were Latins as well.Plus the Latins as a separate group from Romans, but then Romans speak Latin, and Romans often come from Alba Longa which isn't in Rome... can't help but ask a lot of questions really...
Think of the Latins before Rome imposed it's hegemony over them as being similar to one of the ancient Greek ethnic groups, like the Dorians. Just as the Greeks were divided into quarrelsome city-states that often went to war with one another, so were the Latins. Rome was only one of those Latin city-states, it just proved to be the most successful. Alba Longa, if it actually existed, was another Latin city-state that was defeated by Rome and had it's population transplanted there.
Julius Caesar's paternal ancestry supposedly stretched back to Alba Longa and one of the noble families of that city that were transplanted to Rome.