Romans and Italians

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At least since the late Republic, the Romans believed that they had always been a multi-cultural people. At first, they accepted Latins, Sabines, and a few Etruscans as Romans. However, by the Empire, forced by the Social War, all Italic groups were being accepted as Roman. Nevertheless, those that were physically closer to Rome, that enjoyed (or created) an accepted common ancestry, or that were believed to possess positive attributes had an easier path to acceptance. Even through the third century ce, emperors themselves still felt it necessary to advertise an ancestral tie to Italy, though provincials were now starting to be regarded as Roman.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781118834312
ISBN (Print)9781444337341
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Appennines
  • Autochthony
  • Etruscans
  • Genealogy
  • Identity
  • Municeps
  • Sabelli
  • Sabines


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