Latium is the Roman name for a region in ancient Italy
bounded by the Tiber
to the north, the Appenines
to the east, and Campania
to the south, where a relatively homogeneous group of peoples had settled, whom we know as the Latins
. The Latins shared the same language, material culture, and gods, and followed similar ways of life.
In its early history, the city-state of Rome came into conflict with the other Latin groups as it sought to expand. The Latins were among the first groups to be conquered by Rome, and Latium was on of the first regions to be granted full Roman citizenship.
Today Latium comprises the modern Italian region of Lazio.