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Tota Italia: Essays in the Cultural Formation of Roman Italy

Tota Italia: Essays in the Cultural Formation of Roman Italy

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By (author) Mario Torelli

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 274mm x 20mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 20 January 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198143931
  • ISBN 13: 9780198143932
  • Illustrations note: 66 plates, 70 figures

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The aim of the book is to present the path the Romans followed in shaping the culture of the ruling classes of the Allies between the years of the conquest in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC and the age of Augustus, when a unified culture of Italy emerges as a pillar of imperial power. Taking an anthropological approach, Mario Torelli places special emphasis on the religious values and cult traditions that developed during the archaic period and the early attempts to colonize Latium, and which were subsequently spread by the Romans throughout Italy by means of Latin colonies. Formal temples of Latin (or, in south Italy, Greek) tradition enjoyed a special prestige among the Italic tribes and played a fundamental role in the construction of the urban ideal, one of the main principles of cultural transformation. The book also puts under scrutiny the survival of indigenous peoples in particular areas, such as Daunia and Lucania, and great attention is given to the evidence provided by such ethnic groups of resistance and counter-acculturation in Etruria, Lucania, and elsewhere in Italy.

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A prolific and eminent author of classical archaeology, but this is his first book in English.

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This book fills throughout its avowed aim of bringing together archaeological and historical approaches to the issue of Romanization Journal of Roman Studies The author shows considerable skill in organizing and arranging such disparate material, constantly suggesting new perspectives on familiar evidence Journal of Roman Studies The abundance of the illustrations and of scholarly documentation is very welcome and helps to make the book a valuable gateway into this most complex of fields Journal of Roman Studies Torelli's constant effort to propose new readings, to combine disciplines, and to take the subject further is always worth the trouble. Even those who are most sceptical about his arguments and conclusions should find much to ponder, and much to admire, in this learned work Journal of Roman Studies