From Asculum to Actium The Municipalization of Italy from the Social War to Augustus

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-03
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Rome's once independent Italian allies became communities of a new Roman territorial state after the Social War of 91-87 BC. Edward Bispham examines how the transition from independence to subordination was managed, and how, between the opposing tensions of local particularism, competing traditions and identities, aspirations for integration, cultural change, and indifference from Roman central authorities, something new and dynamic appeared in the jaded world of the late Republic. Bispham charts the successes and failures of the attempts to make a new political community (Roman Italy), and new Roman citizens scattered across the peninsula - a dramatic and important story in that, while Italy was being built, Rome was falling apart; and while the Roman Republic fell, the Italian municipal system endured, and made possible the government, and even the survival, of the Roman empire in the West.

Author Biography

Edward Bispham is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, Brasenose College, Oxford, and Lecturer in Ancient History, St Anne's College Oxford.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. x
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Making Italy: Terra Italiap. 53
Roman Italy: The Second Centuryp. 74
Allies: Latins and Italians in the Second Centuryp. 113
Municipalization and the Politics of Enfranchisement of Italyp. 161
'Leges dare' and 'Constituere': Municipal Chartersp. 205
The Simple Quattuorvirate ('Nude Dictus')p. 247
'Quattuoruiri Iure Dicundo'p. 294
'Quattuoruiri quinquennales', and Other Variationsp. 337
The Duoviratep. 380
Tota Italia: Remaking Italy?p. 405
Pompeii and Other 'Double Communities'p. 447
Romans of High Status Acting as Patrons and Magistrates of Italian Communities between the Social War and Actiump. 457
The Roman Republican 'Municipia'p. 462
Puzzlesp. 471
Addendum to Chapters 6-9p. 473
Bibliographyp. 511
Index Nominump. 549
Index Rerump. 557
Index Locorump. 563
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