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Chapter 3 - Elusive Migrants of Ancient Italy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 May 2020

James Clackson
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Patrick James
Affiliation:
Saffron Walden County High School
Katherine McDonald
Affiliation:
University of Exeter
Livia Tagliapietra
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Nicholas Zair
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
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The landscapes of the Italian peninsula, no less than others in the ancient Mediterranean of the third and second centuries BC, hosted numerous intersections for the convergence of resources – people, objects, ideas and stories – recounted in multiple languages and mediums. Propelled by technology, trade, warfare and alliances, as well as love, curiosity and brigandage, the ensuing connectivities stimulated the emergence of new sociocultural trends and communities. Both material and literary endeavours attest to the dynamism of multiple movements within and through Italy in this period (Isayev 2017). Yet, tracking migrants who were part of these human flows, in terms of numbers, origins, destinations and the drivers of their mobility, proves difficult apart from a few exceptional episodes.

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Print publication year: 2020

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