The Romans were immensely proud of their empire. Through the Pax Romana they believed that they were bringing the light of civilisation to the darkest corners of Europe and Asia. They had an unshakeable belief that Rome was superior to any other country or culture, so by conquering foreign peoples, they thought they were doing them a favour.
How paternalistic! What they promoted in the end was fascism and imperialism. It was the mother of all scams, and we are still witnessing this ruinous and degenerate culture today.
Let's get some facts straight. Civis romanus non sum. I am not a Roman citizen.
All my ancestors were Hernici, an ancient Italic people, and thus I am an Hernicus or Hernican.
Though their territory was included in Latium, in the sense in which that term was understood in the days of Augustus, Hernicans were still distinguishable as a separate people. Cicero categorised their spoken Latin as rusticitas, and Hernicans are mentioned even at a later time as retaining many characteristics of their rude and simple forefathers.
For most of the 5th century BC, the Roman Republic had been allied with the other Latin states and the Hernici to successfully fend off the Aequi and the Volsci. In the early 4th century BC this alliance, however, fell apart. A war fought between Rome and the Hernici in the years 366–358 BC ended in Roman victory, and the submission of the Hernici.
Rome also defeated a rebellion by some Hernican cities in 307–306 BC, which a few years earlier had allied with the Aequi and the Marsi, proof that the Hernicans were still resisting the Arrogantia Romana. Those cities which had stayed loyal to Rome — Alatri (Aletrium), Ferentino (Ferentinum), and Veroli (Verulae) — retained only nominal independence as municipia. The rebellious Hernicans of Anagni (Anagnia) and of other cities were incorporated directly into the Roman Republic, and were given citizenship without the right to vote (civitas sine suffragii latione), in essence citizenship without the right to marry Roman citizens, so they were citizens, but effectively treated like peregrini (foreigners). In the course of the following century the Hernici became indistinguishable from their Latin and Roman neighbours, and disappeared as a separate people. It is an old story, but few realise that the Hernicans were the first to become a conquered people by the so-called forces of civilisation.
Let me again repeat the simple facts. Civis romanus non sum. I am not a Roman citizen.
Not only all my ancestors were Hernici, but today I have the same kind of phoney citizenship that was granted to the rebellious Hernicans of Anagni (Anagnia) and of other cities.
Even though I am an Italian, and thus a European Union citizen through my mother and the Roman legal concept of jus sanguinis, since I have refused to submit to the Arrogantia Romana, today I have neither a European passport, nor an Italian national ID card, and so if I go to Italy I cannot stay for a longer time than any American tourist.
I also have a phoney American citizenship by the Roman legal concept of jus soli, and for this reason I cannot legally become the next President or Vice President of the United States, so I have rejected my original US citizenship by rebellion against New York City, and have acquired Native American citizenship by adoption, since I was adopted by a Native American traditional organisation that is acknowledged by some recognised Native American tribes, bands, or traditional communities.
Hernican [1, 2] was the ancient language of central Italy that the Hernici spoke, a member of the Oscan group within Sabellic (Osco-Umbrian). Two inscriptions in the language have been identified thus far, dating to the 1st millennium BC.
Hernican, a North Oscan dialect, was written in a manner similar to how Oscan proper was written. Some Sabellian languages were affiliated with Oscan (the so-called North Oscan dialects: Hernican, Marrucinian, Paelignian, Vestinian), others with Umbrian (Aequian, Marsian, Volscian).
It should be noted that the word Hernici is a derivative of what the Marsi called Herna. As was stated in Latin, «Hernici dicti a saxis, quae Marsi herna dicunt.» Translation: "The Hernici are named from the stones, which the Marsi call herna." So there was certainly some linguistic adoption even between Sabellian languages.
This linguistic adoption goes even further in me, and shows just how much of a freedom fighting Sabellian or Italic I am. My forename Cesidio [3, 4] derives from the Latin Caesidius (the Roman nomen of the gens Caesidia), which in turn derives from the Oscan Kaisidis (or Caisidis). The name Caesidius, like all aristocratic names ending in "idius", "iedius", or "edius", is of Sabellian language origin, the oldest epigraphic evidence coming from the Marsi area of the city of Trasacco in the 4th century BC.
Oscan speakers adopted the Etruscan alphabet to write their language. This event probably occurred around the 7th century BC, but the first evidence of the Oscan alphabet did not appear until the 5th century BC in the form of inscriptions on coins.
The Oscan alphabet was written from right to left, a feature preserved in Etruscan and in a few languages today such as Arabic and Hebrew , but not in Latin. Also, to mark separation between words, a dot was used.
As Rome conquered territory occupied by Oscans, it assimilated the Oscan people into the Roman world. As a consequence, the Oscan ethnic identity and culture disappeared, and the Oscan language ceased to be spoken and written by the end of the 1st century AD.
Víteliú was the Oscan term for the Italian peninsula. This name is probably connected with the word for "calf" (seen in the Latin vitulus, and the Umbrian vitlu), and was originally applied to the Greek colonies in Italy. Gradually the word came to refer to the entire peninsula, and was adopted by allied Sabellian tribes to foster a sense of nationalism during the Italic revolt against Rome. A form of the ancient word survives in the modern Italian name Italia (Italy).