3. Human Mobility between Italy and Northeastern Hispania during the Late Republican Period

Local Experiences of Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient West-Central Mediterranean - Linda R. Gosner

Alejandro G. Sinner [+-]
University of Victoria
Alejandro G. Sinner is Associate Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria. His research covers the social, economic, and cultural history of Hispania, from the late Iron Age to the early Imperial period. His research and publications explore Ibero-Roman material culture, trade, connectivity and mobility, demography, Palaeohispanic languages, and the construction of identities and the processes of cultural contact and cultural change in ancient colonial contexts.

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Mobility and connectivity are core components of archaeological research in the Iberian Peninsula. Two diametrically opposed positions predominate. The first one argues that an important influx of Italians, a ‘migratory flow,’ settled in Hispania after the Second Punic War. The second position minimizes the scale of migratory flows to the Iberian Peninsula. In this chapter, I examine the epigraphic record (2nd-early 1st c. BC) of five Republican cities in northeast Spain as well as numismatic and genetic evidence. I argue that, in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, a large degree of long-distance mobility is inferred when in reality what we see is a limited mobility that sustained a high degree of connectivity. Permanent mobility did exist, but was minimal and concentrated primarily in Tarraco. The chapter shows the importance of studying connectivity and mobility outside the traditional large-scale colonization narratives, paying attention to regional studies and to how local communities experienced immigration.

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Sinner, Alejandro G. . 3. Human Mobility between Italy and Northeastern Hispania during the Late Republican Period. Local Experiences of Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient West-Central Mediterranean. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 59-85 Apr 2024. ISBN 9781800504387. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44205. Date accessed: 25 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44205. Apr 2024

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