Northern Italy in the Roman World: From the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity

December 5, 2020
Northern Italy in the Roman World: From the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity

Carolynn E. Roncaglia's Northern Italy in the RomanWorld analyzes the effect of the Roman Empire on northernItaly, tracing the evolution of the region from the Bronze Age tothe Gothic wars. A wealthy and strategically important region,northern Italy presents an interesting case study for examining theinfluence of the Roman state on the fluctuating geographic areas ofCisalpine Gaul that were under its control.Using an array of epigraphic, archaeological, numismatic, andliterary evidence, Roncaglia shows how Rome affected matters largeand small, from loom weights to ritual horse burials, socialnetworks to the careers of writers. Among the range of fascinatingtopics she discusses are Celtic migrations, the Roman conquest,Hannibal, long-distance trade networks, freedmen families, St.Ambrose, Catullus, and Pliny the Younger.Northern Italy in the Roman World argues that therelationship between long-term trends and short-term events is keyto understanding how Rome affected the territory within its empire.The book is the first major discussion of Roman northern Italy inEnglish to appear since World War II and will be of specialinterest to scholars and students of the ancient world, Europeanprehistory, the medieval world, and Italian studies.