It is inferred from their title that Latin colonies were in origin federal foundations of the Latin League; since they were made on conquered land, Rome under the Cassian Treaty (No. 14) would have had a share in them. This does not agree with the Roman annalistic tradition, as represented by Livy and Dionysius, according to which they were Roman foundations from the beginning. After the dissolution of the Latin League in 338 b.c. Rome certainly founded so-called Latin colonies, manned from her own citizens, as in the case cited below. The colonies were substantial towns of several thousand families. They were collectively known as allies of the Latin Name.
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