Italy before the Romans
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This chapter (10 000 words) brings together a number of ways of thinking about Italy in the period roughly between the Bronze Age and the 4th century BC. The aim will be to create an overview narrative while at the same time focusing on key themes by highlighting specific examples and introducing current archeo-historical approaches to understanding the peninsula. The chapter will begin with a section entitled ‘Imagining Italy’ which will provide a scholarly and socio-cultural context for the study of the peninsula both ancient and modern, by using Anderson’s Imagined Community as a framework. Part of it will highlight questions which underpin our interpretation of the processes in the ancient world. The remainder of the chapters will be theme based. Running through all of them will be a sub-narrative about one particular ‘group’ referred to as the Etruscans, to provide some cohesion and continuity through the narrative. There will also be a detailed focus on other prominent sites and/or groups to ensure breadth, highlighting diversity and cohesion. Each thematic section will foreground key debates and will also be used as an opportunity to discuss current methods and theories used to approach and understand the evidence base. Art and architecture will be considered in association with the relevant themes rather than in isolation. The conclusion will draw together a more historical narrative of the transformations within the peninsula. Finally as suggested there will be an annotated bibliographic section highlighting key research tools and references.
This chapter is due for publication in 2016 and appears in the following publication: Companion to Roman Italy Alison E. Cooley (Editor) ISBN: 978-1-4443-3926-0 576 pages March 2016, Wiley-Blackwell