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Entre archéologie et histoire : dialogues sur divers peuples de l’Italie préromaine

E pluribus unum?

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Michel Aberson, Maria Cristina Biella, Massimiliano Di Fazio and Manuela Wullschleger

Le projet « E pluribus unum » ? L’Italie, de la diversité préromaine à l’unité augustéenne entend faire le tour des populations antiques de l’Italie centrale, illustrant de quelle manière celles-ci ont contribué à forger l’« identité inachevée » de l’Italie romaine. Chaque volume est le résultat d’une rencontre scientifique dédiée à une période précise et aux problématiques qui lui sont propres.
Le premier volume, consacré aux périodes qui ont précédé la conquête romaine, met ainsi en scène Sabins, Ombriens, Picéniens, Samnites, Campaniens, Lucaniens, Volsques, Falisques, Capénates et Latins au travers des thématiques suivantes : l’émergence des divers ethnè dans les sources écrites, les spécificités culturelles perceptibles pour chacun d’entre eux par le biais de l’archéologie, les liens entre ethnos et territoire et les relations avec les ethnè voisins.
Dans chaque cas, une démarche transdisciplinaire a été confiée à un binôme de chercheurs, l’une de formation plutôt archéologique, l’autre plus historique. L’ensemble de l’équipe, relevant de traditions académiques différentes, a ainsi cherché à vérifier dans quelle mesure ces « feux croisés » aboutissaient à des conclusions analogues ou mettaient au contraire en évidence une série d’images contrastées.
Il progetto «E pluribus unum»? L’Italia dalla diversità preromana all’unità augustea intende fornire in tre volumi un quadro sulle popolazioni dell’Italia centrale antica e sul loro contributo alla formazione dell’«identità incompiuta» della Penisola Italiana in età romana. Ogni volume è frutto di un incontro di studi dedicato ad un preciso periodo di tempo e alle sue problematiche.
Il primo volume, incentrato sulla fase precedente alla conquista romana della penisola, prende in considerazione una selezione di popoli: Sabini, Umbri, Piceni, Sanniti, Campani, Lucani, Volsci, Falisci, Capenati e Latini. Per ciascuno di essi vengono affrontate nel dettaglio le seguenti tematiche: l’emergere dell’ethnos nelle fonti storiche e la possibilità di riconoscere una specificità culturale nelle fonti archeologiche, il legame dell’ethnos con il territorio e i rapporti con le realtà confinanti.
L’analisi, affidata a una coppia di studiosi, uno di formazione più archeologica ed uno più storico, espressioni di diverse tradizioni accademiche europee, ha lo scopo di verificare se questo «fuoco incrociato» porta a conclusioni analoghe o finisce per mettere in risalto una diversa immagine a seconda della prospettiva adottata.
The project «E pluribus unum»? Italy from the pre-Roman fragmentation to the Augustan unity aims to give (thanks to a set of three volumes) a picture of the peoples of ancient pre-Roman central Italy and of the contribution made by them to the formation of the «unaccomplished identity» of the Italian peninsula during the late-Republic and Empire. Each book is the outcome of a conference, dedicated to a specific chronological period and to its problems.
The first volume, centred on the phase preceding the Roman conquest of the peninsula, takes into consideration a selection of peoples: Sabini, Umbri, Piceni, Samnites, Campani, Lucani, Volsci, Falisci, Capenates and Latini. For each of them the following themes are tackled in detail: the emergence of the ethnos in ancient written sources and the possibility of recognizing a cultural specificity in the archaeological record, the link between the ethnos and the territory, and the relationship with the neighbouring ethne.
The peoples are analysed individually each by a couple of scholars, highlighting
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The Latins: historical perspective: Christopher J. Smith

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CHRISTOPHER J. SMITH

The Latins: historical perspective

The ethnicity of the Latins is seldom discussed with the same fervour as that of the Etruscans or the Samnites or many of the other peoples represented in this volume1. Even in Bourdin’s brilliant and exhaustive account of the peoples of Italy, they merit a relatively small entry2. Geographically fairly straightforward, with an obvious but exclusive people-to-language link3, and a history of brief independence from and long identification with Rome, few have felt it necessary to linger on the Latins as a case study for pre-Roman diversity, and with good cause. However, in the context of a dialogue in which the juxtaposition of history and archaeology provoked a recognition of the absence of common ground in many instances, and in response to the cartographic project described by Paolo Carafa (this volume), this chapter will seek first to destabilise the notion of the Latins a little, before concluding with a few thoughts about where the historiography of the Latins might need to go next.

For the historian, the definition of the Latins rests on a few precious but not entirely congruent pieces of evidence. One approach is to start from the notion of the nomen Latinum, the federation of those who shared rights of intermarriage and trade, conubium et commercium. However, this is obviously a highly regulated and artificial formulation. It must emerge from, not pre-exist, any sense of identity, and although one can argue that it reflected...

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