'The book is of first-rate importance. It is a fundamental subject, extremely well done.' The Times Literary SupplementIn this book, first published in 1971, the author seeks to determine within broad limits the size of the Italian population in the period covered, chiefly on the basis of Roman census figures and of estimates of the number of men under arms year by year; use is made by way of analogy of demographic data from other ages.
"The book is of first-rate importance....Rarely has the old cliche, 'it will be many years before this book is superseded, ' been more obviously true."--Times Literary Supplement