A late Republican banquet scene in a fresco from HerculaneumItaly, c.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Cambridge University Press, The purpose of this interesting book is, in the words of the author, "to demonstrate that aristocratic Roman families attempted to construct ethnic identity.
After an introductory chapter which clearly presents the terms of the debate and usefully analyses methodological issues including the definition of terms, such as ethnicitythe book proceeds by investigating a sequence of case-studies: Latin ethnic identity distinct in Latium vetus and Latium adiectumSabine identity, Etruscan origin, and the Italic identity of the municipia.
A chapter on the confluence of these different identities in the Roman identity of the empire concludes the treatment. A useful appendix with a catalogue of coins advertising the ethnic identity of Republican and Augustan moneyers then follows.
The selected groups have been chosen on the basis of Roman families' recoverable claims of ethnic origin, claims which were, in the author's opinion, either clearly detectable or hidden behind circumstantial evidence 37— The author's interest lies in the political use and manipulation of ethnic origins and makes him adopt what he [End Page ] calls "an 'instrumentalist' view of ethnic identity" This is not an interest in the actual ethnic origin of a family but rather in the exploitations of its claims of descent from various ethnic groups in order to pursue social and political goals.
The means adopted to investigate these ethnic manipulations are family genealogies, cult advertisements, the study of nomenclature especially praenomina and cognominaand the representations on private-issue coins.
The book sits squarely between two very lively scholarly debates, one concerning the role of ethnic identities within Roman Italy and one regarding the nature of the Roman political system. The book is based on the assumption that "individual families formulated their own unique advertising schemes" 20 and that in their "family identity advertisement" the "ethnic identity formed an important element of family identity" More often than not, plausible and suggestive arguments assume a rather convincing force by cumulative effect, while individual considerations would rarely stand as conclusive.
So, for example, the claim to Latin identity is attested by the promotion of certain cults on coins, which, the author warns, must be seen in the light of other grandiose Latin cult centers that, in turn, should be seen as expressions of pride by Latins in their ethnic identity Similarly, in the case of the Sabines, "one should view these Sabine coin issues—as well as other celebrations of Sabine identity—in light of other interest in Sabine culture in late Republican Rome" The investigation of the political dimension of ethnic origins is most interesting and could have generated the greatest impact in the field and offered a real advancement of knowledge.
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