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Cosa and the Colonial Landscape of Republican Italy (Third and Second Centuries BCE)
by Andrea De Giorgi
University of Michigan Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-472-13154-9 | eISBN: 978-0-472-12595-1
Library of Congress Classification DG70.C63L36 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 937


This important new volume examines archaeological evidence of Roman colonization of the Middle Republican period.  Themes of land use, ethnic accommodation and displacement, colonial identity, and administrative schemes are also highlighted. In delving deeply into the uniqueness of select colonial contexts, these essays invite a novel discussion on the phenomenon of colonialism in the political landscape of Rome’s early expansion. Roman urbanism of the Middle Republican period brought to the Italian peninsula fundamental changes, an important example of which, highlighted by a wealth of studies, is the ebullience of a dense network of colonies, as well as a mix of senatorial tactics and individual initiatives that underpinned their foundation.  Whether Latin, Roman, or Maritimae, colonies created a new mesh of communities and imposed a new topography; more subtly, they signified the mechanisms of the rising hegemony. This book brings to the fore the diversity, agendas, and overall impact of a “settlement device” that changed the Italian landscape and introduced a new idea of Roman town.

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