Chapter III - Abruzzo Peoples
The earliest Abruzzese towns must surely have been small settlements which formed autonomous political communities including the fields around (agri). If there existed an originary culture, it was soon influenced by more civilized nearby populations such as the Etruscans, the Campani or the Magna Grecia colonies, from where other colonizers came. Hadria (present-day Atri) for example was founded - or already existed and was occupied - by an Etruscan colony. For centuries Rome strove to conquer or tame these fierce tribes, which were later to help Rome greatly in its future enterprises.
Whenever we attempt to speak about these groups individually, we not only find it difficult to trace their separate histories but also to identify the area they inhabited and the sites of their settlements. However, we shall endeavour to reconcile all of the different and contrasting historical opinions and establish some firm points also on the basis of the latest discoveries."