Roman Hegemony and the Emergence of Regionalism: a Paradox?
- Dr. Roman Roth (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
- Wednesday 11 May 2016
- Van Steenis
2333 CC Leiden
By the last quarter of the third century BC, Rome's hegemony over Italy is indisputed, with an increasing dense network of mechanisms of control in place. Yet at the same time, regional patterns in settlement, material culture but also institutional structures become increasingly pronounced. Recent approaches through theories of cultural identity or even resistance have failed to grasp this apparent paradox in its complexity. Looking at a number of particularly illustrative examples, this paper explores the potential for such a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to the formation of Roman Italy.