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

by Edward Bispham

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199231843
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/03/2008
Series: Oxford Classical Monographs Series
Pages: 600
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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 Figures     x
Abbreviations     xi
Introduction     1
Making Italy: Terra Italia     53
Roman Italy: The Second Century     74
Allies: Latins and Italians in the Second Century     113
Municipalization and the Politics of Enfranchisement of Italy     161
'Leges dare' and 'Constituere': Municipal Charters     205
The Simple Quattuorvirate ('Nude Dictus')     247
'Quattuoruiri Iure Dicundo'     294
'Quattuoruiri quinquennales', and Other Variations     337
The Duovirate     380
Tota Italia: Remaking Italy?     405
Pompeii and Other 'Double Communities'     447
Romans of High Status Acting as Patrons and Magistrates of Italian Communities between the Social War and Actium     457
The Roman Republican 'Municipia'     462
Puzzles     471
Addendum to Chapters 6-9     473
Bibliography     511
Index Nominum     549
Index Rerum     557
Index Locorum     563

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