Processes of Integration and Identity Formation in the Roman Republic


This volume is the result of a conference, held at Manchester in July 2010, on processes of integration and identity formation in the Roman Republic. This book focuses especially on day-to-day contexts in which Romans and Italians interacted, which are essential for understanding long-term developments. The book discusses settlement patterns (e.g. Roman colonies), the Roman army, and the administration of Italy, as well as the long-term consequences of contact, such as growing social and economic networks, linguistic, religious, and cultural changes, transformations of identity in Rome and Italy, and demands for Roman citizenship by Italians. It combines new archaeological evidence with literary and epigraphic evidence, and thus gives an overview of current research on integration and identity in the Roman Republic.
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Biographical Note

Saskia T. Roselaar (1980) has a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Leiden. Her publications include Public land in the Roman Republic: a social and economic history of ager publicus in Italy (Oxford, 2010).

Contributors: Ed Bispham, Elisabeth Buchet, Massimiliano Di Fazio, Rianne Hermans, Daniel Hoyer, Eleanor Jefferson, Seth Kendall, Patrick Kent, David Langslow, Kathryn Lomas, Toni Naco del Hoyo, Skylar Neil, John R. Patterson, Jordi Principal, Elizabeth C. Robinson, Saskia T. Roselaar, Nathan S. Rosenstein, Roman Roth, Federico Russo, Osvaldo Sacchi and Fiona Tweedie.

Table of contents

1. Saskia T. Roselaar: Introduction

2. Roman Roth: Regionalism: towards a New Perspective of Cultural Change in Central Italy, c. 350-100 BC

3. Federico Russo: The Beginning of the First Punic War and the Concept of Italia

4. Skylar Neil: Identity Construction and Boundaries: Hellenistic Perugia

5. Patrick Kent: Reconsidering socii in Roman armies before the Punic Wars

6. Nathan S. Rosenstein: Integration and Armies in the Middle Republic

7. Seth Kendall: Appian, Allied Ambassadors, and the Rejection of 91: why the Romans Chose to Fight the Bellum Sociale

8. Fiona Tweedie: The Lex Licinia Mucia and the Bellum Italicum

9. Saskia T. Roselaar: Mediterranean Trade as a Mechanism of Integration between Romans and Italians

10. Jordi Principal & Toni Ñaco del Hoyo: Outposts of integration? Garrisoning, Logistics and Archaeology in North-Eastern Hispania, 133-82 BCE

11. Daniel C. Hoyer: Samnite Economy and the Competitive Environment of Italy in the Fifth to Third Centuries BC

12. Kathryn Lomas: The Weakest Link: Elite Social Networks in Republican Italy

13. John R. Patterson: Contact, Co-operation, and Conflict in Pre-Social War Italy

14. Ed H. Bispham: Rome and Antium: Pirates, Polities, and Identity in the Middle Republic

15. Elizabeth C. Robinson: A Localized Approach to the Study of Integration and Identity in Southern Italy

16. Osvaldo Sacchi: Settlement Structures and Institutional ‘Continuity’ in Capua until the deductio coloniaria of 59 BC

17. David Langslow: Integration, Identity, and Language Shift: Strengths and Weaknesses of the ‘Linguistic’ Evidence


All those interested in the history and archaeology of the Roman Republic, as well as those interested in processes of integration and identity formation in the wider ancient world.

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