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Latium Vetus, Latium Adjectum

  • Marcello Mogetta
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_948


Literary sources suggest that Latins and Romans had close cultural ties from prehistoric times (Alföldi 1965: 102-4); their shared identity being recognized in the use of the same language and the adoption of distinctive religious rituals and of converging mythical genealogies. Romans and Latins believed that their common “nation” had indeed formed in Latium, the region of Tyrrhenian central Italy located just south of the Tiber river. The fact that Latium was also the first region to be incorporated by the Roman state in its early expansion certainly reinforced this idea. This connection easily explains why the archaeology of Latium occupies a prominent place in the history of Classical studies, as it represents a point of entry into two crucial aspects of the Roman past: Rome’s origins and its first steps in the creation of a Mediterranean Empire.

Since the pioneering work of G. Pinza (who in 1905 was the first to propose a systematization of the prehistoric material of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Classical StudiesUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA