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

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

Hardback Oxford Classical Monographs

By (author) Edward Bispham

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 584 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 41mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199231842
  • ISBN 13: 9780199231843
  • Sales rank: 903,348

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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.

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

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This is a work of immense learning and insight Les Etudes Classiques This is a book that is long awaited Alison E. Cooley

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Terra Italia: Making Italy ; 2. Roman Italy: The Second Century ; 3. Allies: Latins and Italians in the Second Century ; 4. 'De auctoritate senatus, de suffragiis populi, de iure ciuitatis': The Political Background to the First Municipalization of the New Citizen Communities of Italy ; 5. 'Leges dare' and 'Constituere': Municipal Charters ; 6. The Simple Quattuorvirate (nude dictus) ; 7. Quattuoruiri iure dicundo ; 8. Quattuoruiri quinquennales, and others ; 9. The Duovirate ; 10. Tota Italia: Remaking Italy?