Migration, Mobility and Place in Ancient Italy

Migration, Mobility and Place in Ancient Italy

by Elena Isayev


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Migration, Mobility and Place in Ancient Italy by Elena Isayev

Migration, Mobility and Place in Ancient Italy challenges prevailing conceptions of a natural tie to the land and a demographically settled world. It argues that much human mobility in the last millennium BC was ongoing and cyclical. In particular, outside the military context 'the foreigner in our midst' was not regarded as a problem. Boundaries of status rather than of geopolitics were those difficult to cross. The book discusses the stories of individuals and migrant groups, traders, refugees, expulsions, the founding and demolition of sites, and the political processes that could both encourage and discourage the transfer of people from one place to another. In so doing it highlights moments of change in the concepts of mobility and the definitions of those on the move. By providing the long view from history, it exposes how fleeting are the conventions that take shape here and now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107130616
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2017
Pages: 542
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Elena Isayev is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the University of Exeter. She is the author of Inside Ancient Lucania: Dialogues in History and Archaeology (2007) and co-editor of Ancient Italy: Regions without Boundaries (with G. Bradley and C. Riva, 2007). In support of her research into ancient mobility she has held the Davis Fellowship at Princeton University, New Jersey and for her current work on hospitality and asylum she has been awarded a Historical Research Centre Fellowship at the Australian National University, Canberra. She also works in current refugee contexts, including with Campus in Camps in Palestine, and has created the initiative Future Memory which works with communities where there are tensions.

Table of Contents

Part I: 1. Introduction; 2. Statistical uncertainties: mobility in the last 250 years BC; Part II: 3. Routeways, kinship and storytelling; 4. Mixed communities: mobility, connectivity and co-presence; 5. Why choose to come together and move apart? Convergence and redistribution of people and power; Part III: 6. Plautus on mobility of the every-day; 7. Polybius on mobility and a comedy of The Hostage Prince; 8. Polybius on the moving masses and those who moved them; Part IV: 9. Social war: reconciling differences of place and citizenship; 10. Mapping the moving Rome of Livy's Camillus speech; 11. Materialising Rome and Patria; 12. Conclusion: everyday and unpredictable mobility; Appendices A, B and C. Mobility in Plautus; Appendix D. Livy's Camillus Speech and translation.

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