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Title: The settlement of Romans and Italians in the Iberian Peninsula to AD14
Author: Bligh, Lisa
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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The settlement of Romans and Italians in Spain between the Second Punic War and the death of Augustus has attracted much interest and confusion over the last two centuries. Study in this field has been impeded by a shortage of evidence, combined with a tendency to approach the topic with preconceived ideas concerning its place in both Roman history and society. The present study seeks to understand the chronological evolution of the settlement process and the politico-juridical patterns of settlement status produced as a result. New light will be shed on this complex subject by exploring aspects of the settlement process which have previously been ignored or dismissed. The recognised, but rarely applied, division between 'formal' and 'informal' settlement types will be used to provide a framework for the study of the settlement process as a whole. Through this the wider effects of the circumstances in which individual acts of settlement took place can be better understood. This framework also allows the question of the motivational factors affecting settlers, as well as those influencing settlement founders, to be raised. These factors had a powerful ability to affect the way in which the settlement process evolved. The study is structured as follows: chapter 2 explores the current state of the evidence available and depicts the geographical background against which settlement took place; chapters 3 and 4 respectively examine the formal settlement of the peninsula during the Republic and under Caesar and Augustus; chapter 5 investigates the factors which may have influenced veterans of the Roman army in their choice to settle in Spain; chapter 6 covers similar ground with reference to the urban poor of Rome who settled in Spain during the Caesarian period; chapter 7 attempts to identify possible participants in informal settlement and examines the question of motivation among these independent migrants; chapter 8 assembles the available evidence for concrete instances of informal settlement; finally, chapter 9 draws together the general conclusions arising from the study.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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