Tota Italia: Essays in the Cultural Formation of Roman Italy

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This book describes how the Romans succeeded in changing the culture of the ruling classes of the Italian Allies during the imperial age. Evidence for this is primarily found in the archaeological record, but Torelli includes in his analysis the literary tradition and epigraphical evidence. Adopting an anthropological perspective, special emphasis is placed on the religious values and cult traditions of the Romans and their unifying role.

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A prolific and eminent author of classical archaeology, but this is his first book in English.

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This book fills throughout its avowed aim of bringing together archaeological and historical approaches to the issue of Romanization Journal of Roman Studies The author shows considerable skill in organizing and arranging such disparate material, constantly suggesting new perspectives on familiar evidence Journal of Roman Studies The abundance of the illustrations and of scholarly documentation is very welcome and helps to make the book a valuable gateway into this most complex of fields Journal of Roman Studies Torelli's constant effort to propose new readings, to combine disciplines, and to take the subject further is always worth the trouble. Even those who are most sceptical about his arguments and conclusions should find much to ponder, and much to admire, in this learned work Journal of Roman Studies

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