Ethnic Identity and Aristocratic Competition in Republican Rome

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $57.99 Save up to $1.74
  • Buy New
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


The ancient Romans are usually thought of as a monolithic ethnic group, though in fact they formed a self-consciously pluralistic society. In this book, Gary D. Farney explores how senators from Rome's Republican period celebrated and manipulated their ethnic identity to get ahead in Rome's political culture. He examines how politicians from these lands tried to advertise positive aspects of their ethnic identity, how others tried to re-create a negative identity into something positive, and how ethnic identity advertisement developed over the course of Republican history. Finally, in an epilogue, Farney addresses how the various Italic identities coalesced into a singular Italian identity in the Empire, and how Rome's experience with Italic groups informed how it perceived other groups, such as Gauls, Germans, and Greeks.

Author Biography

Gary D. Farney is associate professor of history at Rutgers University in Newark. A scholar of Roman history, he is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and has published in journals such as Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, Historia, and Athenaeum.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Duae Patriaep. 1
Partners in Empirep. 1
Two Homelandsp. 5
Roman Political Competition and Family Identity Advertisementp. 11
Ancient Ethnic Identity and Modern Views of Ancient Ethnicityp. 26
Determining Ethnic Identityp. 34
Homo Romanus Natus in Latiop. 39
A Roman Born in Latiump. 39
Latium vetus versus Latium adiectump. 45
Latin Advertisement on Coinsp. 49
Latin Ethnic Identity and Legendary Genealogiesp. 53
Latin Cult Advertisementp. 65
Latin Pride and Arrogancep. 74
Romanus Atque Sabinusp. 78
A Roman and a Sabinep. 78
Sabinity and Coinsp. 82
Sabine Names: The Established Aristocracy and the Cognomen Sabinusp. 88
Sabine prisca virtusp. 97
Sabines and Spartansp. 101
The Origins of the Sabine Stereotype: The Role of Cato the Elderp. 105
Roman Sabines: Some Case Studies in the Advertisement of Sabine Identityp. 112
Tusci AC Barbarip. 125
Etruscans and Barbariansp. 125
żżżż<$$$> and the Etruscanp. 133
Genealogies for the Etruscan Peoplep. 140
The Politics of Ethnic Advertisement and Etruscan Family Genealogiesp. 144
Etruscan Ethnic Advertisement and Etruscan Namesp. 146
Disciplina Etruscap. 150
Etruscan Romans and the Disciplina Etruscap. 159
Attacks on Etruscan Romansp. 164
Etruscan Epilogue: Political Success under the Julio-Claudians and Beyondp. 171
Municipalia Illa Prodigiap. 179
Small-Town Monstersp. 179
From municipium to the Capitalp. 183
The Stereotypes of Italic Croupsp. 191
Italic Genealogiesp. 199
Sacred Springs and the Ethnic Sabellusp. 206
Individual Advertisement of Italic Ethnic Identityp. 210
"Rebel" Italy in the Empirep. 220
Transferendo Huc Quod Usquam Egregium Fueritp. 229
Claudius and the Long-Haired Gaulsp. 229
Are You an Italian or a Provincial?p. 233
The "Living Anachronism" and "Multiculturalism" of Romep. 243
Appendix: Catalog of Coins Advertising the Ethnic Identity of Rupublican and Augustan Moneyersp. 247
Bibliographyp. 297
Indexp. 323
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review