Early Colonization in the Pontine Region (Central Italy)

Peter Attema, Tymon de Haas, Marleen Termeer

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This paper presents a study of changes in the urban and rural settlement of the Pontine region in southern Lazio from the Archaic (6th c. B.C.) to the Mid-Republican period (circa 200 B.C.). Its aim is to increase understanding of the colonization of this key area in the context of the political, economic and territorial expansion of Rome during the 5th and 4th c. B.C. Eight colonies were reportedly founded in the Pontine region in this period: Circeii, Cora, Pometia, Norba, Antium, Satricum, Setia and Tarracina, and instances of viritane land distributions are recorded as well. We follow leading ancient historians in presuming that these recorded foundations and distributions should be taken as a reflection of expansionist undertakings of some sort. In this paper, we discuss these two forms of colonization, highlighting the various historical, geographical and organizational conditions under which the colonization
of the Pontine region occurred.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoman Republican Colonization
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives from Archeaology and Ancient History
EditorsT.D. Stek, J. Pelgrom
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherPalombi Editori
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePapers of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome


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