Book Series Giornale Italiano di Filologia - Bibliotheca , vol. 22

Grumentum

The Epigraphical Landscape of a Roman Town in Lucania

Christian Laes, Alfredo Buonopane

  • Pages: 248 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:135 b/w, 5 tables b/w., 1 maps b/w
  • Language(s):English, Latin
  • Publication Year:2021

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About 130 Latin inscriptions shine a fascinating light on the medium-sized Roman town of Grumentum in ancient Lucania

BIO

Christian Laes is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester.
Alfredo Buonopane is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Verona.

Review(s)

“The volume provides scholars with a useful and updated tool, which will be an indispensable point of reference for any future research on the city and, more generally, on the epigraphy and the society of the regio III Lucania et Bruttii.” (Alfredo Sansone, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2021.07.21)

“In conclusione, non si può che ribadire l’importanza di questo lavoro e rendere merito agli autori per la chiarezza e precisione della trattazione, per lo sforzo di sintesi effettuato a vantaggio della comunità scientifica, trattando a tutto campo fonti soprattutto epigrafiche (vale qui la pena di ribadire la stesura dei preziosissimi indici) senza pregiudizio di sorta, superando le barriere tra le discipline e usando una vivacità dialettica non comune che rende il volume, oltre che fondamentale per chiunque voglia occuparsi di Grumentum, anche avvincente.” (Maria Federica Petraccia, in Giornale Italiano di Filologia 74, 2022)

“(...) nos encontramos ante un estudio de gran utilidad y que es susceptible de ser consultado no solo por especialistas en epigrafía o en la historia del sur de la península itálica, sino también por todos aquellos profesores que quieran demostrar, en las aulas universitarias, cómo la epigrafía es esencial de cara a reconstruir la historia de una determinada localidad, máxime cuando la información epigráfica se pone en diálogo, de forma sensata, con la literatura y la arqueología. En este sentido, podemos afirmar que Christian Laes y Alfredo Buonopane, especialistas de reconocido prestigio, han sabido aunar -en este trabajo- sencillez y minuciosidad, creando una investigación sólida que demuestra los profundos efectos de la romanización en una antigua población osca situada en la periferia italiana.
(...) nos encontramos ante una obra que de seguro contribuirá no solo a conocer mejor una parte relativamente poco estudiada de la península itálica, sino que nos proporciona, también, una muestra más de lo necesaria e importante que es la epigrafía para refinar nuestros conocimientos sobre la civilización romana.” (Borja Méndez Santiago, in Gerión 40 (1), 2022, p. 320)

Summary

About 130 Latin inscriptions shine a fascinating light on the medium-sized Roman town of Grumentum in ancient Lucania. Most of these stones have hardly been studied since the end of the 19th century. They now for the first time appear in a scholarly edition with revised Latin text, illustration, apparatus criticus, translation and extensive commentary. Both the introduction and the edition illustrate the richness of the material: archaeology, politics, institutions, the Roman army, economy, religion, family and life course, and Christianity are dealt with. The use learned scholars made of the inscriptions opens a window to Italian intellectual history from the Renaissance on. Written and presented in an accessible way, this volume avoids the pitfalls of highly technical epigraphical editions, and opens the field to archaeologists, (ancient) historians and a more general audience with an interest for Roman sites in general, and this hidden gem in Basilicata in particular.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Prefaces

Introduction
1. The history of epigraphy in Grumentum
2. Grumentum in Antiquity: an historical overview
3. Political institutions
4. Military men and the army
5. Economic activities and professions
6. Religion
7. Family and life course
8. The role of Christianity

Edition and commentary

List of epigraphical and lexicographical abbreviations
List of figures
Indices
Concordance
Bibliography