By Guy Bradley
This e-book, the 1st full-scale therapy of historic Umbria in any language, takes a balanced view of the region's historical past within the first millennium BC, targeting neighborhood activities and motivations up to the impression of out of doors affects and Roman regulations.
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See G. D. Woolf, Becoming Roman (Cambridge, ) for a recent restatement of how the Roman Empire brought fundamental change to Gaul; for some reservations, see S. L. Dyson’s review in CAJ / (), –. 40 The work is divided into broad chronological bands— pre-conquest, conquest to Social War, Social War to the reign of Augustus—within which the organization is thematic. This structure is intended to convey an overall picture of the region as a whole in these different periods, but I have also tried to highlight the continuation of many trends over these chronological borders.
5 The lack of urbanization in Samnium is as much a sign of its cultural difference as it is of its poverty. What is important is that the societies of Samnium, although constructed on decidedly different lines to the cities of neighbouring Latium and Campania, clearly had the organizational capabilities of states. Focusing on state organization allows us to appreciate the diversity of such early Italian societies, whilst avoiding the distortions of urbanocentricity. 6 This is the result of 3 J.
In Italy we can point to the contrast between the regions along the Tyrrhenian and southern Adriatic coast (Etruria, Latium, Campania, and Magna Graecia), and the upland areas of Samnium and the central Appennines. In the former, citystates on the model of the Greek polis became the dominant social organization: autonomous urban centres with demarcated territories, in which there were no other equivalent settlements. In the latter regions, territorial systems without major urban centres (at least along Graeco-Roman lines) were the norm until the second century or later.
Ancient Umbria: State, Culture, and Identity in Central Italy from the Iron Age to the Augustan Era by Guy Bradley