Sardinia, more than Corsica, provided various
advantages to the Romans. As a military outpost, Pompey used the island
for his very quick campaign against piracy. However, Pompey must have done
the Sardis wrong, because during the war
between Pompey and Caesar, Sardinia supported Caesar. In 67 Nero gave
Sardinia to Greece in order to undermine the senate, then in 73 Vespasian took it back
because he may have thought the Greeks would use it against them.
Agriculture was also important, as the
Carthaginians had been farming there for some time. The amount
of grain produced there provided for surpluses in the Empire. Latifundium, or state farming,
learned from the Carthaginians, was prominent. And other than some salt
and a little iron, grain was the main product of the islands.
Since very few Italians actually migrated to
the islands, and it seems that Corsica was used for banishment most of
the time, there are only a few cities that were completely Romanized. There were many bath houses, forums, and
amphitheaters, temples, but mostly on the costal lands.
Tharros Bath (Sardinia)
Nora Theatre (Sardinia)
Map of Sardinia (Click for